Shooting suspect is apparent suicide


A landlord suspected of shooting a former tenant in a reported dispute over money apparently committed suicide yesterday after barricading himself in his house, a spokesman for Baltimore County police said.

Robert Finn, 36, entered Mortgage Credit Reports Inc. in the 1400 block of Joh Ave. in Violetville about 4: 45 p.m. said Bill Toohey, the spokesman. He shot Robert Francis Schmidt Jr., 30, a company employee, in both legs with an assault rifle and threatened two other employees, Toohey said.

Schmidt was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center for treatment. His wounds were not life-threatening, Toohey said.

A witness gave police the tag number of the suspect's truck. Police surrounded his house in the 1800 block of Selma Ave., tried for several hours to make contact, then fired tear gas, Toohey said.

Police then entered the house shortly after 11 p.m. and found Finn's body. He apparently had shot himself in the head.

Pub Date: 6/19/96

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