Man shot by police in Timonium

Confrontation in barn after attempted robbery

April 17, 2004|By Stephanie Hanes | Stephanie Hanes,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore County police officer shot a man yesterday during a confrontation in an abandoned barn in Timonium after an attempted robbery of a nearby gas station, authorities said.

The 46-year-old man, whose name had not been released by police, was shot after he threatened officers with a board, said police spokesman Sean Vinson. The man was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and was expected to survive, Vinson said.

The spokesman said the man was shot shortly after officers looking for a suspect in the robbery of a Sunoco station on Timonium Road started to search a small barn near the intersection of Timonium Road and Interstate 83. When one officer started to go up the stairs to the barn's second floor, the man appeared and threatened him with the board, Vinson said.

The spokesman did not provide more details of the threat.

A backup officer fired one shot, which struck the man's upper body, Vinson said.

Police did not release the officers' names yesterday. Vinson said the officer who shot the man was placed on routine administrative leave.

Police and the owner of the Sunoco, Janet Wiser, said a man walked into the gas station's store about 10:45 a.m. yesterday and demanded a pack of cigarettes. When the clerk, Wiser's 23-year-old daughter, Maria Amoruso, handed him the cigarettes, the man motioned to his waistband, indicating that he had a gun. He told Amoruso to give him the store's money, police said.

"She said, `I'm sorry, sir, I can't do that,' and she hit the panic button right away," Wiser said.

Amoruso's brother, Bobby, who was also working, came to the counter and ordered the man from the store, Wiser said. The man fled toward the barn, and the Amorusos called 911, police said.

Wiser said that she tells all her cashiers to turn over money when threatened but that her children apparently doubted that the man had a gun.

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