Bar owner kills man, 20, during robbery

Gunman fatally shot after proprietor saw incident on monitor

January 17, 2003|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

An East Baltimore bar owner fatally shot a 20-year-old man robbing the Highlandtown establishment at gunpoint, police said yesterday.

Jamual Brown of the 1700 block of Homestead St. died about 12:15 a.m. yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Police said they do not plan to file charges against the bar owner, Junior Thompson, 51.

The incident began about 11:40 p.m. Wednesday, when a gunman forced his way into the J&M Corner Bar in the 3500 block of E. Baltimore St., police said.

The robber ordered the bar's patrons and staff to the floor and took an undisclosed amount of cash from the bar's register, police said.

Thompson, who lives above the bar in an apartment, spotted the robbery on a closed-circuit television monitor in his living room, said his wife, Maryann Thompson.

Thompson then retrieved his .38-caliber revolver and ran downstairs, his wife said.

Just before the robber left the bar, he turned and Thompson opened fire, police said.

He later told detectives he shot the man because he feared for his life, according to police.

Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman, said video surveillance tapes and witness statements corroborate Thompson's version of events. Thompson could not be reached yesterday.

"He's upset about it," Maryann Thompson said. "It bothered him to do this."

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