Robbery suspect fatally shot Anne Arundel police told man to drop weapon but Glen Burnie man refused

August 10, 1996|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

Anne Arundel County police fatally shot a 34-year-old Glen Burnie man yesterday they believe committed six bank robberies and suspect was on his way to a seventh.

Police officers and FBI agents had been following the man, identified as Gordon Scott Wood of the 400 block of Hidden Brook Drive, whom they had identified partly through the earlier robberies.

They confronted him at 11: 50 a.m. at Second Avenue and A Street in Glen Burnie, an area with several banks that borders a residential neighborhood, said Anne Arundel police Cpl. Ronald Hines.

The man pointed a handgun at two Anne Arundel officers, Hines said. With guns drawn, the officers told him to drop his weapon, Hines said. After the man refused, the officers fired, Hines said.

Wounded in the chest and lying on the ground, the man still refused to drop his gun, police said. Officers took it from him. "He was not able to get any shots off," Hines said.

He was taken by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he died at 2: 22 p.m. No one else was hurt.

The two county officers who fired -- Cpl. Maxwell V. Frye and Officer Clarence L. Whitlow -- were assigned to administrative duties until an investigation is completed. Frye has been on the force 20 years; Whitlow, 10 years.

The six bank robberies, committed from May 30 to July 24, have common threads. A man handed tellers a note that announced the robbery and said he had either a bomb or a gun. However, weapons were not visible. In the first few robberies, the robber wore no disguise but in later robberies he did, Hines said.

The banks are all within a small geographic area, five with Glen Burnie addresses: NationsBank, 350 Hospital Drive, robbed May First Fidelity Bank, 7700 Ritchie Highway, robbed June 6; First National Bank, 561 E. Ordnance Road, robbed June 11; Crestar Bank, 100 Crain Highway, robbed June 22; and American National Savings Bank in Harundale Mall, robbed July 24.

Arundel Federal Savings and Loan Association, 4179 Mountain Road, Pasadena, was robbed July 11 by the same person, police said.

Pub Date: 8/10/96

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