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Baltimore police: Safety guard upset over paycheck shoots at officers

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Sunday, January 31, 2021
Amy Lu, WBAL-TV 11

An armed store security guard upset over his paycheck shot at police officers Saturday afternoon in Baltimore, police said.

City police reported a police-involved shooting in the 5600 block of The Alameda. 11 News reporter Amy Lu reported from the scene that police closed off the Compare Foods parking lot as part of the investigation.

Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said the suspect is a security guard who worked at the store and was upset about his paycheck.

“This resulted from the security guard being in a dispute about his paycheck, whether or not his paycheck was correct or not, and was enraged that his pay was incorrect,” Harrison said. “That’s the genesis for the call to the officers for an armed suspect inside of the store.”

Harrison said the suspect fired shots first at officers who arrived at the scene, and the officers returned fire. Harrison said shots were fired again when the officers split up inside the store.

“The officers split up and there was a second encounter where one of the officers was fired upon again and that officer returned fire at the security guard,” Harrison said.

After that, the suspect ran and escaped, police said.

BREAKING: @BaltimorePolice have closed off the Compare Foods parking lot in 5600 block of The Alameda for officer-involved shooting earlier today @wbaltv11 pic.twitter.com/MdjcV3fY17

— Amy Lu (@amyluwbal) January 30, 2021

One civilian employee suffered a non-life-threatening injury, but it was not immediately known how the employee was injured, whether it was during the shooting or something else.

The commissioner said investigators have been reviewing police body camera video.

Harrison and Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott commended the officers and their quick response.

“We really want to compliment officers on their swift response. Their bravery,” Harrison said.

“We know that we cannot allow people to recklessly be resolving their conflicts with weapons in our city,” Scott said. “We say it time and time again, we will not allow these folks to be comfortable.”

The mayor pledged justice for victims and witnesses from another example of reckless violence.

“Think about also the people in this store who were shopping there, who were working there who are now traumatized by this incident,” Scott said.

Harrison said officers know the suspect and are working on filing criminal charges.

Harrison said the officers involved were OK.

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