Arundel pizza shop robber fatally shot

Police fire after he points tool altered to look like gun

March 13, 2000|By Kurt Streeter | Kurt Streeter,SUN STAFF

A man brandishing a tool made to look like a shotgun was shot and killed by Anne Arundel County police Saturday night after he robbed a Pizza Hut in Brooklyn Park.

Gary James Beemer, 24, was shot about midnight outside the Pizza Hut in the 5000 block of Ritchie Highway, said Officer Carol Frye, a police spokeswoman.

Beemer, who lived in the 100 block of E. 11th Ave., about a block from the pizza shop at 10th Avenue and Ritchie, was pronounced dead at Harbor Hospital Center in southern Baltimore, Frye said.

A man wearing a ski mask, and carrying a home construction leveling tool with a pipe attached with tape that he held like a shotgun, held up the Pizza Hut at 11: 43 p.m., Frye said.

She said three people were working in the shop and one of them hid in the back and used a cell phone to call police. Squad cars arrived in about a minute and surrounded the Pizza Hut, which is at the corner of a strip mall, Frye said.

After taking money from the cash register, the man was confronted outside by police, who ordered him to drop his weapon, Frye said. He was shot when he pointed the fake shotgun at police, she said.

"Paper bills that he had robbed [the shop of] dropped on the ground when he was shot and were laying around his body," said Frye, who added police have not determined how much money had been taken.

Frye said the Pizza Hut workers were not injured.

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