Man is shot by officers in Aberdeen

February 08, 2000|By Dan Thanh Dang | Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF

A man was fatally shot by police outside an Aberdeen restaurant early yesterday morning after a reported dispute over an unpaid bill.

Police said the shooting occurred after officers from the Aberdeen Police Department and Harford County Sheriff's Office asked the man to drop his gun and he refused. He was shot several times after he pointed the gun at officers, police said.

A pellet gun resembling a revolver was recovered at the scene, said Lt. Edward Hopkins, a spokesman for the sheriff's office.

The man, who carried several pieces of conflicting identification, was pronounced dead at the scene behind the Economy Inn in the 700 block of S. Philadelphia Blvd., Hopkins said. Seven officers were involved in the incident. It is unknown how many of them fired their weapons, Hopkins said. The sheriff's office and Police Department are investigating the shooting.

The seven officers -- two from the sheriff's office and five from Aberdeen -- have been placed on paid administrative leave. Their names have not been released.

The incident began about 12: 54 a.m. when officers were called to Colonel's Choice Restaurant in the 600 block of S. Philadelphia Blvd. for a reported theft. Employees told police that a customer left without paying his bill.

The suspect walked toward the 700 block of S. Philadelphia Blvd. An officer encountered the man behind the Economy Inn and ordered him to drop the weapon. The suspect refused and continued walking to a wooded area behind the inn, where he was confronted by officers from the Police Department and the sheriff's office, who repeatedly ordered him to drop his gun, Hopkins said.

An officer saw him pointing the gun at another officer and again ordered the man to drop his weapon, Hopkins said. When he refused, the officers fired at him.

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