Police identify man fatally shot by officers

February 11, 2000|By Dan Thanh Dang | Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF

A man fatally shot by police outside an Aberdeen restaurant after a dispute over an unpaid bill has been identified as 30-year-old Benjamin Lee Munn of South Carolina.

Law enforcement authorities identified Munn using fingerprints and several pieces of conflicting identification he was carrying. Family members flew to Harford County from Florence, S. C., to identify the body, police said.

The names of the seven officers involved in the incident have been disclosed. Five are from the Aberdeen Police Department: Officer Larry Wade, 40, an eight-year veteran; Officer Mark Franklin, 40, almost six months on the job; Officer George Matheis, 27, with more than a year on the job; Officer Richard Denu, 31, a four-year veteran; and Officer Jesse Stacey, 49, a 19-year veteran.

The two Harford County Sheriff's deputies involved were Deputy Don Hindenlang, 32, a nine-year veteran, and Deputy Holly Mohler-McHargue, 30, who has been with the department for 11 months.

The seven are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

With 39 officers on the Aberdeen department, the temporary loss of five should not cause patrol problems, said Capt. Ken Cox, a department spokesman.

"We're adjusting schedules and moving personnel from one shift to another," he said.

The incident began at 12: 54 a.m. Monday when officers were called to Colonel's Choice Restaurant in the 600 block of S. Philadelphia Blvd. after restaurant workers said a customer left without paying his bill.

Officers confronted the man outside the restaurant and ordered him to drop his weapon. He refused and walked to a wooded area where police say he pointed a gun at one of the officers. He was again ordered to drop the gun. When he refused, officers fired at him, police said.

It is unclear how many officers fired their weapons, authorities said.

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