Baltimore police officer fatally shoots robbery suspect

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Posted: Oct 16, 2017 3:01 PM

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore police officer who fatally shot an armed robbery suspect at a convenience store did exactly what he was trained to do, the police commissioner said Monday.

Kevin Davis said at a news conference that the officer, a 17-year veteran whom he did not further identify, had the presence of mind to activate his body-worn camera when he pulled up to a 7-Eleven in northeast Baltimore about 3 a.m. Monday.

Police showed body camera footage and video from the store's surveillance cameras. They showed a man with a sawed-off shotgun handing the clerk a bag, in which the clerk puts money.

The store video shows a police car pull into the parking lot and the robber running out of the store, "with the gun ready," department spokesman T.J. Smith said.

The store shows the robber being shot and falling just outside the door. Smith said he did not fire a shot, and no one else was hurt.

Police recovered the shotgun, which had white tape on and an obliterated serial number, Smith said, adding that there were no rounds in the weapon.

Officers performed CPR on the suspect, but he died at a hospital, Smith said.

The robber had gotten $26 in the crime, Smith said. "This was a really, really senseless situation," he said.

The suspect was 20 years old, Smith said, and was a suspect in numerous commercial armed robberies in which a similar gun was used.

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Information from: WBAL-TV, http://www.wbaltv.com