Owings Mills resident held in murder of city man

Three schools briefly locked down as Balto. Co. police pursue 23-year-old

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September 13, 2005|By Baltimoresun.com and Sun staff

Baltimore County police today arrested a 23-year-old Owings Mills resident sought in the fatal shooting of a Baltimore man after an argument Labor Day weekend in Reisterstown.

Police said Lance Aaron Backus of the first block of Alexander Court faces first-degree murder charges in the death of 25-year-old Melvin Dashiel Greene, who lived in the 800 block of Cooks Lane.

Three schools -- Deer Park Elementary, Deer Park Middle and Randallstown Elementary -- were briefly locked down today after police spotted Backus on Carriage Hill Circle, in the vicinity of his last known address. Trying to escape, Backus ran into some nearby woods, and police searched the neighborhood with a K-9 unit and by air, authorities said.

Officers found Backus in the backyard of a house in the 9600 block of Axehead Court in Randallstown, where he was arrested without incident and taken for questioning, according to police.

Backus had been wanted since Sept. 3, when, shortly before 2 a.m., detectives responded to a call of a shooting in the 11700 block of Reisterstown Road. They found Greene suffering from a gunshot wound to the face.

Witnesses told police that two men were arguing in a parking lot. They said Backus got into a car and began driving away while Greene ran alongside the vehicle, still arguing.

According to witnesses, Backus pulled out a handgun and shot Greene in the face. Greene was pronounced dead at the scene, and police found the car abandoned a short distance away.

Originally published September 13, 2005, 4:53 PM EDT

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