Tom Quirk

Off-duty Baltimore County police officer fatally shoots shoplifting suspect in Catonsville

Off-duty Baltimore County police officer fatally shoots shoplifting suspect in Catonsville

A man suspected of shoplifting was shot to death by an off-duty Baltimore County police officer as he attempted to flee outside a grocery store in Catonsville before dawn Tuesday, authorities said.

The man, whose name was not released, had been attempting to steal detergent from the Giant Food at U.S. 40 and Rolling Road about 4 a.m. when the officer, who was working as security, confronted him in the parking lot, Baltimore County police said.

The officer was in full Baltimore County police uniform but did not have a body camera because he had not yet been assigned one, said a police spokeswoman, Officer Jennifer Peach.The program is still being phased in.

The man got...

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