Merchant kills man suspected in robbery attempt

January 12, 2000|By Tim Craig | Tim Craig,SUN STAFF

A Northwest Baltimore store owner shot and killed a man who barged into his appliance store and held what turned out to be a toy gun at an employee's head in an apparent robbery attempt yesterday afternoon, police said.

Store owner Daryl Gamerman shot the unidentified man about 2 p.m. after the intruder pointed a gun at him and mumbled he wanted a microwave oven, said Agent Ragina Cooper, a Baltimore Police Department spokeswoman.

The man stormed into Target Appliance Co. in the 6300 block of Reisterstown Road, and knocked an elderly male store employee to the floor. The suspect then grabbed a female employee and pointed the gun at her head, Cooper said. The woman fell, and the assailant hovered over her. Gamerman emerged from a back room office armed with a 9 mm handgun, police said. When the assailant pointed the gun at Gamerman, the merchant shot him several times, including at least once in the head, police said.

No customers were in the store during the incident, and neither Gamerman nor his five employees were injured, police said.

Gamerman, 40, was questioned by city homicide detectives yesterday, but police said it appeared he acted in self-defense. The state's attorney will investigate and determine if charges are warranted.

It was unclear yesterday if Gamerman's gun was registered.

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