Baltimore County Police: Video shows drug-crazed man charged at cop prior to being shot dead

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Baltimore County Police: Video shows drug-crazed man charged at cop prior to being shot dead

REISTERSTOWN, MD. — Baltimore County Police Homicide detectives this morning identified the man who tried to obtain a prescription illegally at the Nature Care pharmacy on Main Street in Reisterstown, Md. and was fatally shot during a subsequent confrontation with a Baltimore County Police officer. Police said that the man’s name will be released as soon as police notify next of kin.

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Detectives obtained video evidence from nearby businesses that capture the confrontation. The footage shows the suspect aggressively advancing on a single officer, who retreats with his gun drawn.  The footage shows the suspect reaching around to the small of his back and abruptly whipping his hand around and pointing it at the officer, as if with a weapon. The officer fires his weapon as the suspect swiftly brings his hand forward from his waistband. On the ground, the suspect refuses to comply and keeps reaching into his waistband, as if for a weapon.

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Witnesses told detectives that they heard the officer repeatedly giving the suspect commands to “stop,” and that they heard the suspect shouting profanities at the officer.

The state Medical Examiner has confirmed that the suspect — transported to Northwest Hospital, where he was declared deceased — was shot three times. Three shots were fired; police have confirmed.

A weapon was not found.

Narcotics detectives confirm that the suspect tried to obtain Promethazine plus Codeine at the Nature Care pharmacy. This is a narcotic cough syrup, often combined with alcohol to produce a “high.”

The officer has been placed on administrative leave, a standard procedure following an officer-involved shooting. This is an ongoing Homicide investigation that will be reviewed by the Baltimore County State’s Attorney.

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