Shop owner fatally shoots armed robber

August 03, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A 44-year-old man armed with a butcher-style knife was shot to death yesterday inside a Northwest Baltimore automotive repair shop by its owner during an attempted robbery, city police reported.

Shortly after 6 p.m., the man walked into the Subway Service Center, known as Joe's Garage, in the 4200 block of Wabash Ave., pulled out a knife, indicated it was a robbery and lunged toward the owner, police said.

The owner, who was armed with a handgun, fired one shot, striking the man in the chest. Police and an ambulance arrived minutes later after the owner dialed 911.

The man, whose name was not released pending notification of family, was taken to Sinai Hospital, where he died a short time later.

Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman, said the owner had a permit to carry the gun and apparently fired it "fearing for his life and safety."

Police withheld the name of the owner, fearing that those who might know the victim would retaliate. Homicide detectives said the owner carries a gun because of the cash-only nature of the business.

Homicide detectives said the state's attorney's office would decide whether the owner should be charged.

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