Plainfield, N.J., police fatally shoot man charged with Balto. County homicide

November 26, 1998|By Dail Willis | Dail Willis,SUN STAFF

A 19-year-old man charged in a Baltimore County homicide was shot and killed by police in Plainfield, N.J., yesterday after a three-day crime spree there that included a bank robbery, an attempted murder and the shooting of two police officers, authorities said.

Michael Terrance Howard of the 3900 block of W. Northern Parkway had been charged with first-degree murder after a 19-year-old bicyclist was shot to death on Rolling Road near Yennar Lane on Nov. 14, according to Baltimore police.

Howard and a cousin, Muhammad Ibn Hussein Howard, were driving along Rolling Road when they saw Raymond Martin Wallace riding near the curb. The Howards stopped, according to police documents, and Michael Howard got out, walked over to Wallace and shot him several times. According to family members, Michael Howard believed Wallace had thrown an egg at his car earlier that evening.

On Monday, according to Peter A. Gulotta of the FBI's Baltimore office, a man believed to be Michael Howard shot another man in Plainfield, N.J.

On Tuesday, he robbed a bank near Newark, N.J., and yesterday, Howard pulled up next to a patrol officer in Plainfield about 2: 30 a.m. and began firing a gun at the officer, striking him in the shoulder, Gulotta said. A chase ensued, in which a second officer was shot in the hip, and Howard died in a shootout with the officers.

Police and the FBI are searching for Muhammad Howard, who is believed to have returned to Baltimore. He is charged in a Baltimore County warrant with first-degree murder.

Pub Date: 11/26/98

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