Off-duty Baltimore cop kills robbery suspect brandishing toy gun

20 Jan 2016 | Author: | No comments yet »

Alleged robber fatally shot by off-duty police officer.

The shooting Saturday at 1:30 a.m. on a block of homes decorated with Christmas lights in the Baltimore suburb of Linthicum Heights was being investigated by Anne Arundel County Police, Fox 45 reported. They identified the robbery suspect as 32-year-old Edel Moreland. “We feel very bad for the Moreland family to deal with the loss of a son especially around the holidays,” Anne Arundel Police Lt. The officer, a member of the Baltimore department’s special operations section, pulled out his service weapon and fired at Moreland, county police said. It’s a very unfortunate incident to be placed into.” “He had just gotten off work,” Frashure told WJZ-TV. “He had his duty weapon inside of a bag and when the suspect asked for a wallet, he reached into his bag like he was getting his wallet. Obviously, it is a tragedy . . . we hate to see anyone lose their life.” The shooting comes at a time when there is growing tension about police use of force across the United States, particularly in confrontations between white police officers and minorities.

Baltimore City police spokeswoman Chakia Fennoy declined to provide details about the officer and said the agency will not release the officer’s name Saturday. Smith confirmed the officer’s involvement, his tenure on the force and his role on the special investigations section, which handles a wide range of activities — from traffic accidents to aviation and SWAT duties. Patrick Michael Smith, a Glen Burnie attorney who has represented Moreland and members of his family for decades, said Moreland was “overcharged” in the 2011 assault case, and the guilty plea was the result of a deal to avoid another drug charge.

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