Man killed in standoff with police


February 19, 2007|By Annie Linskey and Richard Irwin

A Parkville man who fired several rifle rounds at Baltimore County officers was fatally injured by their return gunfire early yesterday outside an apartment building near Cub Hill, police said.

Officers had gone to the apartment building in response to a reported domestic dispute between the man and his live-in girlfriend.

No officers were injured.

The man - whose name was expected to be released today - had an argument with his girlfriend in his apartment in the 2200 block of Lowells Glen Court, off Satyr Hill Road in the Lowell Ridge development, earlier in the morning said Cpl. Mike Hill, a police spokesman.

Hill said the woman left the apartment and returned a short time later with her parents and was trying to persuade the man to allow her in to retrieve her property, but he refused.

She called police about 2 a.m., reporting that her boyfriend had a rifle and was threatening to kill himself.

Hill said officers from precincts at Parkville, Towson and White Marsh responded to the scene and took up positions in the front and rear of the apartment building.

Officers at the Parkville precinct - just over than a mile away - called the man on the telephone and tried to persuade him to surrender.

Shortly after 3:30 a.m., the man stepped out the front door of the apartment building armed with a rifle and fired several rounds at police officers just yards away, Hill said.

Two officers, one from the White Marsh precinct and another from the Towson precinct, returned fire, killing the man.

No one else was wounded, police said.

Hill declined to identify the officers, who were placed on routine administrative leave while the incident is investigated.

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