Suspect surrenders in killing Man, 21, accused in fatal shooting

September 18, 1998|By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan | Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF

The 21-year-old Glen Burnie man sought in the shooting death of a Baltimore man during an alleged drug deal turned himself in to county police yesterday morning.

Police spokeswoman Deborah Mabe said Leshon Clifton Ruffin, 21, of the 6400 block of Lamplighter Ridge,surrendered at the Northern District station about 9 a.m. He was charged with first-degree murder and use of a handgun in commission of a felony. Ruffin is being held without bond at the county detention center in Annapolis.

Police issued warrants for Ruffin's arrest after Howard Westley Anthony Jr., 25, of the 4000 block of Clare Way in Baltimore was shot as he sat in the back seat of a car in the 6400 block of Colonial Knoll in Glen Burnie about 10: 50 p.m. Tuesday. Anthony died at 11: 30 p.m. at Harbor Hospital Center.

Police said Anthony and a friend had arranged to meet Ruffin in Glen Burnie to buy drugs. When they got there, a man got into their car to negotiate the deal, left the car as if to get the drugs, then turned around and ordered Anthony to hand over his money, police said.

Anthony threw an envelope at the man, who shot Anthony several times, police said.

Police would not identify Anthony's friend but said he was not injured.

Anthony's family could not be reached for comment.

Pub Date: 9/18/98

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