Baltimore County officers fatally shoot man in chase

January 07, 2007|By Rona Marech

Baltimore County police fatally shot a man last night after he led them on a chase through a residential neighborhood near Essex, crashed his car and shot at pursuing officers, said police spokesman Bill Toohey.

Police were called about a disturbance at the Silver Dome lounge on Middleborough Road twice last evening. The second time, about 8:30 p.m., they encountered a man brandishing a gun, Toohey said.

The man drove off in a car pursued by three police cars. He turned from Back River Neck Road onto a neighborhood street, lost control of his car and crashed into a parked vehicle. He emerged from his car shooting at police, who returned fire and shot him, Toohey said.

The man, whose name has not been released, was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Though one of the man's shots pierced the windshield of a police car, no officers were injured, Toohey said.

An employee who answered the phone at the lounge said an argument broke out among a group of people who came to the bar after a wedding at Martin's Eastwind. They were asked to leave, and eventually someone at the bar called the police, the employee said.

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