Balto. Co. officer fatally shoots man wielding gun

Suspect said to ignore demands to drop weapon

March 25, 2004|By Jacqueline Seaberg | Jacqueline Seaberg,Baltimoresun.com Staff

A Baltimore County police officer fatally shot a Halethorpe man late last night after he allegedly pointed a shotgun at another officer, authorities said today.

Officers were called to the residence of Adrian Matthew Painter, 51, of the 1200 block of Circle Drive, at 11:25 p.m. after Painter fired his gun during an apparent domestic dispute, according to police. No one else was injured at the scene.

Authorities could not immediately say whether the call to police came from Painter's residence or a neighbor's home.

Soon after officers arrived, Painter walked out onto his front porch and pointed a shotgun at one of them, police said. According to Officer Shawn Vinson, a county police spokesman, Painter was repeatedly ordered to drop his gun.

Officer Bradley Tippin, 28, shot Painter in the upper body after Painter ignored those requests, police said.

Painter was taken to St. Agnes Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 12:19 a.m. Police said they will not know if Painter was intoxicated or under the influence of any other substances until after the medical examiner has completed an autopsy.

Tippin, an eight-year veteran of the department, was placed on routine administrative leave until an investigation into the incident is completed.

Originally published March 25, 2004, 12:41 PM EST

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