2 police shootings in Baltimore County are ruled justifiable

February 27, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The Baltimore County state's attorney yesterday ruled that two recent shootings by Baltimore County police were justifiable.

The prosecutor supported the police in the shooting death of Phillip James Lamberson, 44, who died of a gunshot wound Feb. 17 after he pointed what turned out to be a pellet gun in the direction of police. Lamberson had been suspected of stealing a $10 bottle of liquor.

The prosecutor also backed the police in the shooting death of Damien J. Fox, 21, of Upper Marlboro, who was shot by police Jan. 3 after stealing a police cruiser and triggering a chase across Lutherville. Fox was shot after he crashed the cruiser into two parked cars, rammed police cruisers that had boxed him in and refused to obey orders to get out of the car, police said.

Now that the state's attorney's ruling has been completed, the county police Shooting Investigation Team will review the matter, which takes about three months, police said. That study will be followed by a second review by the department's Firearms Discharge Review Board to ensure that department policies were followed.

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