Prosecutor: Fatal shooting by officer was self-defense

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Posted: Jan 06, 2016 5:24 PM

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Prosecutors in Anne Arundel County say an off-duty Baltimore police officer who shot and killed a man he said was trying to rob him acted in self-defense.

State's Attorney Wes Adams said in a news release Wednesday that Officer John Bilheimer acted in "an appropriate manner" when he shot and killed 32-year-old Edel Cato Moreland in Linthicum Heights on Dec. 19.

Anne Arundel County Police say Moreland confronted Bilheimer, pulled a gun and announced a robbery. Officers say Bilheimer, who was off-duty and not in uniform, shot Moreland with his service weapon. Moreland was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say the weapon found at the scene was a realistic-looking toy gun.