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April 11, 2011

Police shoot man in South Baltimore

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Police say a man who stole a handgun from a bank security guard at Cross Street in Federal Hill was shot by police several blocks south after pulling the weapon on officers, a city police spokesman said.

Anthony Guglielmi, the police department's chief spokesman, said preliminarily that it did not appear that the man attempted to rob the bank. He took the guard's gun and tried to carjack a woman, but was unsuccessful. Guglielmi said the man fled south, discarding clothing, but was chased by citizens who were calling police and relaying his location. He was eventually located in the 1800 block of Light St., west of Riverside Park in South Baltimore. 

"We received tremendous help from the community," Guglielmi told reporters at the scene. "We have them to thank for his capture. He was shedding clothing, trying to change his appearance, and people kept telling us, ‘He went this way, he’s wearing that.’”"

There, Guglielmi said the man pulled the handgun and was shot by officers multiple times. He was taken to an area hospital, where he was reported to be conscious and breathing.

Taking a jog through Federal Hill, Lisa Morabito was in front of the bank when she saw the suspect bolt out the front door. The silver handgun glimmered in the sun. She said a male security officer exited next, saying, “He took her gun!” Morabito said she saw the suspect dart into the Cross Street Market.

“It took me a couple seconds to process it,” said Morabito, a Sykesville resident who was on a break from her job at a nearby animal shelter.

Justin Winn, 27, a subcontractor with BGE, was working in an alley between off Barney St. and was taking a break when he saw a man come out of a convenience store on the southeast corner of Barney and Light.

“I saw the guy come out of the market. He turned around and pulled out what looked like a gun. Two police officers came up and unloaded on him," Winn said.

Winn said the suspect stumbled 10 feet then fell onto into a gutter behind a parked car.

He said, “I usually work up in Towson. This is my first day in the city - I pop my head up and I see some guy get shot.”

The shooting occurred near an elementary school that was letting out. Margaret Fleming was there picking up her 4 year old grandson and said school officials held the children inside for a brief period of time "just to keep everyone inside for a moment to keep everyone safe,” she said.

Betty Jenkins said she has lived on Barney Street for 15 years. She was inside with her poodle, Buddy, when she heard five to six gunshots.

"I saw a lady out here with a stroller with her children, and she was backing up. I asked her what was going on and she said, the police just shot somebody."

The security guard was unharmed, and was being debriefed by detectives at police headquarters. Guglielmi said police recovered the stolen handgun.

-Peter Hermann and Justin Fenton

Posted by Justin Fenton at 1:56 PM | | Comments (17)
Categories: Police shootings, South Baltimore


Shouls have shot him a couple more times and taken him out

6 shots and the scumbag is still breathing. What did they shoot, the ground. Time to hit the pistol range instead of the 7-11 ponch.

This is pretty shocking for the neighborhood! Guy sounds pretty pathetic, though.

Good work ... save the taxpayers some money!

"Guglielmi said the man fled south, discarding clothing, but was chased by citizens who were calling police and relaying his location."
Thugs wouldn't be able to take refuge in their bad neighborhoods if more people in those neighborhoods acted like this. Most crime scenes have many people present but no one saw nothing. Here you have citizens not only reporting it, but following him. Good job.

shoot first ask questions later

only a matter of time before harbor east and fed hill start getting bombarded with this type of cime

So appropriate that he stumbled and fell into a gutter.

To bad they didn't kill him. The guy will be back on the streets within the year, if he doesn't sue Baltimore Police for shooting him and get off sooner. Anyone want to make a bet he was on probation for a string of other criminal activity? Can't wait to see the criminal sheet on this guy

First Bill's Lighthouse closes and now this? Bad week for SoBo...

YES YES YES...people are starting to get tired of being held hostage like
Baltimore is the 2nd Beirut.

When did this happen? What time? Today? Yesterday? Details please... I have the news on TV now channel 13 and there's no mention of anything.

1:30 p.m. maybe?

Saving the taxpayers' money!! Thank you.

interesting how so many of you are saying that the cops should have killed him, but if they actually did kill the suspect you would all be on here commenting about how baltimore city cops are bullies with guns who just cant wait to shoot up citizens of bmore....i think you all just love bloodshed and controversy

Any word on the identity of the shooter or motive? If robbing the bank wasn't the primary goal, taking a gun off a security guard during daylight in a crowded market seems like a lot of work just to try and steal a car.

federal hill guy said, "only a matter of time before harbor east and fed hill start getting bombarded with this type of cime"

How many years have you been saying that?


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About Peter Hermann
Peter Hermann started covering news for The Baltimore Sun in 1990, first in Anne Arundel County and, starting in 1994, reporting on the Baltimore Police Department. In 2001, he was assigned to Jerusalem as the Baltimore Sun's Middle East correspondent. He returned in 2005 as an assistant city editor overseeing crime coverage. In 2008, Peter returned to the beat as a daily reporter and blogger. A recent BBC report featured him in a segment on the harsh realities of covering crime in Baltimore.

Coverage will focus on crime trends, problems in neighborhoods in the city and elsewhere, profiles of victims and police officers and try to offer readers a fresh perspective on one of the most vexing issues facing Baltimore and its future.

Contributing to this blog is Justin Fenton, who joined The Sun in 2005 and has covered the Baltimore City Police Department and the criminal justice system since 2008. His work includes an investigation into Cal Ripken Jr.’s minor league baseball stadium deal with his hometown of Aberdeen, a three-part series chronicling a ruthless con woman, coverage of the killing of five Amish children at a schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pa., and a job swap with a British crime reporter to explore differences in crime-fighting. A special report looking into how city police handle rape cases led to sweeping reforms that changed the way sexual assaults are investigated in Baltimore. He was recognized as the best reporter in Baltimore by the City Paper in 2010 and by Baltimore Magazine in 2011.

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