Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

May 30, 2006

After confrontation with police, man dies

Baltimore police said they were investigating how a man died shortly after a confrontation with officers in Fells Point over the weekend.

The man, who was not identified by police pending notification of his family, ran with another man into Canton Liquor House in the 1800 block of Fleet St. about 11:30 p.m. Saturday, said police spokeswoman Nicole Monroe.

The two men claimed they had just seen or heard a shooting, according to police. One man dropped to the floor; the other barricaded himself in the bathroom. Someone in the bar called police, Monroe said.

When police arrived, they confronted the man who had been in the bathroom, but he fought with officers, Monroe said. He threw a shoe at them and tried to wrestle one officer to the floor, she said.

The man sustained an injury to his nose during the fracas, and paramedics were called, Monroe said. The man fought with the medics, who treated him and put him into an ambulance, Monroe said.

Monroe said the man lost consciousness while under medical care and died at the scene.

The department's homicide squad is investigating the case, as it does all suspicious deaths, Monroe said.

Matthew Dolan

Sniper jury to debate

ROCKVILLE -- A Maryland jury was expected to begin deliberations today in John Allen Muhammad's second sniper trial, after jurors saw four weeks of evidence against him and heard Muhammad's claims that he was framed.

In closing statements Friday, prosecutors said Muhammad carefully planned and carried out the October 2002 shootings with accomplice Lee Boyd Malvo. And they pointed to Malvo's testimony last week, in which he implicated his former mentor in the shootings.

But in his own closing, which lasted more than three hours, Muhammad claimed government agencies collaborated to pin the crime on him and Malvo.

"My case is based on one thing. It is very simple. They lied on two innocent men," he said Friday.

As jurors deliberate, Muhammad's conspiracy theory - for which he offered little proof and no motive - will be matched against the four weeks of testimony and evidence presented by prosecutors.

Associated Press

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