Police fatally shoot man at Rosedale motel

Man charged at them with a knife, they say

February 12, 2000|By Joe Nawrozki | Joe Nawrozki,SUN STAFF

Two Baltimore County police officers fatally shot a man wielding a knife outside a Rosedale motel early yesterday, police said.

Officials said Douglas Clinton Thomas, 40, of the 5500 block of Plainfield Ave. in Northeast Baltimore, was pronounced dead at Franklin Square Hospital Center.

Thomas was fatally wounded when he challenged the officers outside a room at Duke's Motel in the 7900 block of Pulaski Highway minutes after he argued violently with a female acquaintance, said spokeswoman Cpl. Vickie Warehime.

Loretta Willard, the manager at Duke's, said Thomas checked into the motel about 1 a.m. yesterday accompanied by a woman. About 90 minutes later, county police received a telephone call that "an unstable man was in possession of a knife and had woman in the room with him."

Officers John Stankowski and Dennis Matteo of the White Marsh Precinct arrived at Duke's and saw Thomas holding a long kitchen knife and shouting at the woman, police said.

Police said Thomas, armed with the knife, stepped outside and confronted the officers. Stankowski and Matteo repeatedly ordered Thomas to drop the knife, but he refused. Thomas "moved aggressively toward the officers with the knife pointed at them" and was shot "several times," police said.

Warehime said the officers fired up to eight rounds from their service weapons, 9mm semi-automatic handguns. Officials would not say how many bullets struck Thomas.

Stankowski, 44, a 24-year police veteran, and Matteo, 45, who has been on the force for two years, are on paid administrative leave pending an investigation by the department's internal affairs unit and the state's attorney's office.

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