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Activists are enraged after a Baltimore police officer killed a robber whose shotgun was not loaded. The suspect was in the act of robbing a 7-Eleven when the off-duty cop just happened to arrive on the scene.

As the cop pulled up in his car, the 20-year-old suspect bolted out of the store with $26 from the cash register. The cop -- a 17-year veteran of the police force -- saw the suspect and quickly opened fire on him, killing him.

The incident occurred just after 3 a.m. at a 7-Eleven on the corner of Harford Road and Glenmore Avenue, near Hamilton.

Police released surveillance video to the local media that showed the suspect pointing a shotgun at the store clerk as the officer pulled up out front.

Police Commissioner Kevin Davis defended the officer's actions. Davis said the officer showed “presence of mind and grace under pressure,” when he immediately activated his body cam as he pulled up.

Davis said the cop's quick thinking allowed his body cam to automatically save a 30-second loop of footage from before the cam was activated -- allowing investigators to see exactly what he saw before he drew his weapon.

It was later discovered that the suspect's shotgun was not loaded.

Police spokesman T.J. Smith said the officer followed proper procedure by quickly gunning down the suspect. He said the cop “could have been blasted at basically point-blank range with a shotgun” himself if he had hesitated.

“These are the split-second decisions that officers are forced to deal with,” said Smith.
 

  • Ms.Vanilla

    I doubt anyone is outraged Sandra. A gun whether it is loaded or not is still a viable threat.

  • JoJoDancer

    Don't protest every case, it weakens your credibility. There is no way the police could have known it was loaded. Choose your battle not every casualty is a victim.

  • NaeNae2015

    Please!!! I better not see ONE protest over this!!!

  • Precious Henry

    1. I probably would have shot him too. I have no time to ask criminals if your gun is loaded or not.....
    2. Maybe it matters maybe it doesn't but was he heading in the officers direction or nah? Because if he was heading in a different direction let him enjoy his $26 and catch him later.

  • Precious Henry

    Not a one!

  • Django the God

    Who can't borrow $20?

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    But... he was unarmed. ?

  • imright

    thats what he gets. ?????

  • Django the God

    Would you shoot somebody off duty?

    Or just go in and get your Big Bite?

  • Ms.Vanilla

    It looked like he had the gun when he left the store. If not, then I can understand the outrage. These cops are puss*s nowadays and instead of chasing him down and taking him to jail like he was supposed to he just started shooting.

  • JENNYJONES1

    SANDRA ARE YOU TRYING TO TAKE NENE'S PLACE ON THE EXSCAPE TOUR WITH THAT JOKE? LOL!!!........JENNY JONES!!

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Stop.

  • http://worldstarhiphop.com/ The Dutchess

    unarmed means not equipped with or carrying weapons the assumption is always that it's loaded

  • WutizaGRANNY!

    He committed suicide by police over $26,00.. Yes He killed HIMSELF..he chose to rob, He chose to rob at gun point...Exactly how many of UUUUUSSS don't know that there is a slighly definate possibility that if a police juuuust so happen to pull up and catch you..you will be dead there after...This..I can't defend a crook sorry..

  • RaginB

    Nobody knew the gun wasn’t loaded except the guy...it’s his own fault.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    What joke?

  • WutizaGRANNY!

    I aint gone watch this but only way I would be a lil mad if he was running away and he got shot in the back..

  • Rachel

    Ain’t nobody lending no thief $

  • unknown user

    26 dollars.

  • Django the God

    He couldn't even afford ammo.

  • Rachel

    Darwin wins again. He’s out pulling stick up up jobs for $26 is just plain ole stupid. Shoulda just donated plasma that’s at least $50. No gun required.

  • Noirluv45

    Normally, I'm ready to defend the dead, but in the case, I can't. He had no business trying to rob a story with or without a loaded gun. Had it been better if the clerk shot him? Either way, he won't be robbing any other stores. I can't stand thieves and liars!

  • Ro

    This kid lived by the sword and he died by it. cant blame nobody but himself. Sorry to say but he is right where he belongs.

  • Ms.Vanilla

    Why are we assuming he knew how much was in that register? Once he got there and only got $20 bucks was he supposed to say "nevamine damn"... and walk out?

  • JoJoDancer

    Unless the officer has x-ray vision and could see there was no bullets in the gun how in HE LL was he unarmed.

  • Dowoop

    I for one would not take the chance that the shotgun was not loaded!

  • thrift.store.jungle

    nothing to see here. and i don't wanna see his mama and disheveled play cousins on the tv crying about how he once got a gold star in elementary school for pushing his chair in. he was a thief w/a gun who robbed a business.

    next.

  • Dowoop

    Or he was just trying to get money for clothes for school.

  • unknown user

    the woman really interrupted the robbery to retrieve her items from the counter?? that was odd

  • thrift.store.jungle

    right. the reason for the robbery is irrelevant. he assumed the risk w/this stunt

  • JoJoDancer

    Oh I get it. You're clearly stirring the pot to get more people to go off on you and therefore boost the traffic to your site.

  • Dowoop

    He could have sold that shotgun for more than he got from the register.

  • Ms.Vanilla

    I feel bad for him because he was so young. He could have been hungry and beaten up from a drunken father. I don't know his circumstance but he is another life lost and that makes me say a little prayer for him. I usually don't feel anything for robbers but something in my spirit goes out to this young man. The video looks like an inside job. Who goes back to get their purse when someone is robbing the store? She wasn't even afraid of him after she got a good look at him. I just feel like this could have been his first time and he got caught. Poor thing.

  • GuestSTAR

    And how was the cop to know his gun wasn't loaded. Hubby and I were in a sporting goods store and they had BB guns & Pellet Guns that looked like real firearms. Not wise to ever point any type of gun at a cop.

  • Django the God

    He might have saved himself.

  • Ms.Vanilla

    Good night Roses! Enjoy the rest of your evening. What's for dinner ya'll?
    Me- A bowl of left over veggies.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Everything you said is true & we all need that level of empathy.
    I have seen people with zero upbringing. ZERO!
    But, he took his chances & now he is dead.

  • Keisha Hannah

    Im sorry you cant be waving guns around and expect not to get killed.

  • NeverSurprised

    A TWENTY y.o. was robbing a store with a SHOTGUN because he was trying to get money for school clothes? Ok. I'm sure he was on the road to becoming valedictorian.

  • NeverSurprised

    Thank. You.

  • Elevated Soul

    In this case,this was justified because the deceased man had a gun,so it is what it is.

    May he RIP...

  • Reina1718

    What the?! How was he suppose to know?!

  • Such_a_fn_Lady

    Something about this isn't right. He had to have known the other customer to be in the middle of robbing a store and hand the woman her purse. Why not take the purse too while he was at it?

    He deserved what he got...but they need to find out who ol' girl is.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Stop playing.

  • Diva4lyfe

    lmao not the gold star for pushing the chair in omg too funny, but yes sad he lost his life but he was playing Russian roulette. The chick though didn't seem scared at all like she knew buddy

  • NeverSurprised

    Except he was running down the street with a shotgun, which meant
    he was a threat to the lives of other innocent people. The officer did exactly the right thing.

  • OP2

    I doubt that! It doesn't add up!! Otherwise, he would have said I'm hungry & haven't eaten in days. Can you help with a bag of chips or something until I can get to the food pantry. Instead, he possessed a thug mentality that says grab a gun, threaten other folks lives and steal by robbing others.

    -poor thing or not, parent & family/friends need to be raising their children better while drawing a picture to give them life-lessons, good advice and where such negative choices & mentality can lead.

    Instead of sittingin at a dinner table or library to study for higher scores on exams that'll lead to college, the military or gov't jobs to help lift himself up out of poverty, he took the road that often leads to meet his demise. ?

  • NeverSurprised

    You will. They live to protest.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    You ARE joking, right??

  • NeverSurprised

    Excellent point.

  • KarmaBackAround

    ????????

  • CookieMobster

    So was he supposed to find out the gun was loaded first by getting shot and then shoot him. How bout this QUIT COMMITTING CRIMES IF YOU DONT WANT TO GET SHOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • OP2

    No excuses. Plenty of folks been in that position. That's a criminal mentality & behavior which often leads to jails, prisons [if not death] and a ruined future or opportunity to go to college (loss of financial aid) or a military career or other worthwhile jobs.

    He is over the age of 16. Could have mowed lawns, work part-time summer jobs for school clothes in low-end retail stores that will stretch the budget instead of wasting it all on a couple overpriced, hyped up brand names.

  • OP2

    Right!

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    "Activists are enraged after a Baltimore police officer killed a robber..."
    ========
    Who are these so-called "activists"? Unemployed busybodies who have nothing better to do with their time?

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    His people are gonna tell us he was "a good boy"... "an aspiring rapper"... "loved in the community"... "took good care of his baby daughter"... "had just enrolled in community college"... etc etc..

  • Sade_fan

    Now, this killing was justified.

  • Phyllis

    Two of my biggest fears are being on the road during a wild police chase, and present at a convient store while it's being robbed. I'm trying to understand if the gunman allowed the lady to leave, why is she coming back to get Anything?!?!
    On another note, there's No need to protest this one.. you can't wave a gun at someone and not expect consequences whether loaded or not.

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOL!!!!!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOL!!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOLOLOLLOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    I'm usually on the side of the underdog but this kid is running down the street with a shotgun. The cop doesn't know if he's going to take a hostage or turn around and try to shoot him or someone else in the street or turn around and try to shoot him. Poor kid must have been brain dead to even think this was a good idea...

  • Renee26

    The robber was nice to let the customer steal their purchase... the customer made off with the real profit

  • Victor Nathan

    i guess the Activists wanted the the cop to peep through the barrel of the gun, with one eye, to confirm that the gun is loaded before saying ''stop or i'll shoot.

  • Real Name

    That cops don't say drop the gun or I'll shot anymore? It's like the wild west from both sides out in these streets. They give a thousand commands to white folks black people don't have a chance. You don't have to have a gun & they will shot you. Once a gun is involved you dead meat.

  • Jamal Warner

    Do you think if he appear white the outcome would have been the same?

  • Jamal Warner

    I can't help but think if the suspect appeared to be white would he had waited a second to pull the trigger. The chief sounded as if he was relieved that he had a camera and the guy had a gun. It just does not seem fair. I have seen so many videos of white people shooting at police at being taken alive.

  • CookieMobster

    To be completely honest, I don't think so

  • Faux Gibbler

    Why the hell is he robbing a store in the first place?

  • Faux Gibbler

    Didn't the robber have a mask on?

  • Marlika

    The officer did nothing wrong. If I would have shot his ass too. Any of us would panic pulling up to a store and seeing someone run out with a shot gun.

  • T865!

    ?? how was he supposed to know it was not loaded...niggas can be so dumb sometimes..

  • T865!

    ?? how was he supposed to know it was not loaded...niggas can be so dumb sometimes..

  • Dahl

    The cop made the right call, the guy shouldn't have been robbing the place...

  • Pamela

    "Low end retail stores".
    Tell us EXACTLY how you feel about them.
    Lol

  • shun king

    mine to about the police chase had a close friend die from that

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    The cop had no idea the gun wasn't loaded and he wasn't obligated to check before firing his weapon.

  • Pamela

    A shotgun though? That's rather over the top.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    He robbed a store. Case closed.

  • Hmmm~?

    I would've shot his ass too. Several times at that. Don't come at me with no shotgun and think I ain't about to pop your ass. How would the cop have known it wasn't loaded?

  • dontgetblocked

    Residents are mad??? Mad that a man with a shotgun who terrorized the store clerk and customer... was shot. Really? Hmmm. How would they have felt if this idiot had broken into their home with a shotgun and robbed them? He deserved what he got. One less thug on the street.

  • Hmmm~?

    Stop. If I see anyone coming at me with a shotgun, I don't care if he's black, white, blue, or lavender. I'm shooting on sight. If that shotgun was loaded, he would've died with one round. He acted accordingly.

  • i troll it like i see it

    And how in the FCK were people supposed to know the weapon that can put a huge hole in you, and/or blow your head off, was not loaded! With all the people being gunned down by police for just living, these residents have the nerve to cry wolf?!

  • MythCalledLove

    This makes it look like any cop shooting of a black person is against the law. We come off as whiney. If they are questioning why the cop immediately fired. This fool was wrong from the jump. Died over less than 30. 00

  • i troll it like i see it

    Have you ever seen what a shot gun can do? Have you ever seen a shotgun at all? I wouldn't have taken any chances either and these residents are wrong for being up in arms about this. They know damn well if they felt like their lives were in danger by a goon with a shotgun they would protect themselves, shoot first and ask questions later. Let's get together as a people and fight the system when it's actually justified so the cause remains valid! No crying wolf.

  • We Can Do This

    He was wrong and took the ultimate chance with his life, in a split second.

  • Gina Waters

    Uh, Ive been in a shooting range right next to someone with a shotgun. I would NOT take any chances. Period. Dude was wrong and paid the price even if it was for a John Q reason.

  • MythCalledLove

    Driving down streets in DC I hv seen so many accidents the police chasing a suspect. Then they run from the scene. I was at work when a guy walked up to the patient I was walking over to another building and just started shooting. Several of my co-workers were shot and the patient died. It was so quick yet it was like in slow motion. The guy was reading the paper calm and cool. He got up and walked towards us and pop pop. He emptied the clip. And walked off. He had driven all the way from NC just to kill this guy. He didn't die right away when I kneeled down to him he said the guys name. He had cancer and the doc said he had only a few weeks to live cancer was so bad. But I knew the shooter because he came thru Medstar with his g/f. She came in DOA.

  • SouthernGirlAZWorld

    I'm just saying, it's a gun that goes bang bang. Don't have time to wonder if it's loaded or not ????

  • Dr.Rue

    I mean what did he expect? He robbed a damn store, I'm sorry not protesting this one. A lot of these thugs need to be shot. It's getting cold out here and it's crazy

  • GuestSTAR

    Yeah, I hate the long guns at the range. I need to invest in my own pair of muffs. We own several firearms (legal) and go to the range every few months. When we bought the first one, it was hard for me to load and put the clip back into place, but with practice I do it in record time now. I want a permit to carry, but it's hard to get em in Cali.

  • http://www.Samanthagwrites.com Samantha G.

    Died for $26 ?????. Can’t say the officer was wrong. How was he to know the shotgun wasn’t loaded?? Unfortunate, but the kid knew the risks, at least I hope he did. May he rest. I don’t know the motivations behind his actions but it’s clear it wasn’t worth it.

  • TooMuchTea

    And got a shotgun. Cop don’t know it’s not loaded.

  • V Dubb

    Yea I got nothing. Too many folks being killed with no weapon and ya dumbass wants to be out with an empty one? You weren't that desperate. Hell if you want to steal just start a Gofundme...that's how other folks do it.

  • T Campbell

    Honestly, I don't know where in the hell this info about residents are upset is coming from. I live in Baltimore and NOBODY is disagreeing with the outcome of this robbery...NOBODY. SMH

  • Kim’s Original Face

    Officer definitely wasnt wrong.

  • datATLboi

    Now this I am NOT mad about. How would the officer know it's not loaded. Robber was a moron

  • Nathan Hastings

    Oh well...

  • Keepin’IT100

    People are ridiculous these days!! Your mad about the officer trying to serve and protect?? Is he supposed to risk lives to wait and see if the guns loaded or not??

  • shay2shaymd

    What difference does it make that his gun wasn't loaded. He scared the poor clerk too death since i'm sure he thought the gun was loaded. How the hell was the cop supposed to know the gun wasn't loaded. So he got what he deserved.

  • joel adams

    People are outraged? This fool was eventually gonna put real bullets in that gun. I'm siding with the cop on this one.

  • Dowoop

    That was sarcasm! Some other kid broke into someones house and she shit him and his family was on TV saying "How he gonna get money for clothes for school"

  • Dowoop

    That was sarcasm! Some other kid broke into someones house and she shit him and his family was on TV saying "How he gonna get money for clothes for school."

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    So what was the cops supposed to do? He SAW the guy point a REAL shotgun at the clerk. SAW him run out the store with it. Was he supposed to ask the guy "Hey is that GUN loaded?"

    This person most likely would have gotten shot regardless of color.

    I understand the outrage over the people who are unarmed and compliant. But I cannot support that outrage when people are committing crimes or attempting to fight with the Police.

    I do, however feel bad for the loss the family suffered. He was young and made a really bad choice.

  • Keepin’IT100

    Especially not loaded

  • Afro puffzz

    I call this news fake....no one is outraged about this. Maybe the family,

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    Oh its real news alright with a fake spin. You know how Sandra do. She know everyone is going to comment how upset they are that someone, somewhere is "outraged" yet there are no receipts of the "outraged people".

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    But was he coming at the cop or just fleeing the scene?

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    You know that's not real right? If anyone was known to be outraged, Sandra would have most definitely dropped a name. I can't believe everyone is falling for this...

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    Yeah, if he was hungry, he could've just sold the shotgun for some money. It is a horrible way to die....lemme go up here and watch this wedding. I only do social media and tv during my 9-5. I can't look at this stuff all day....it disturbs my spirit.

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    yes and no. if you live in the hood, you see this kind of stuff everyday, we've become desensitized or she probably recognized him from the hood. There isn't any audio so we don't know what was actually said. She probably was like "RaQuan, is that you?" this reminds me of that scene in the movie Fun with Dick and Jane when Jim Carey goes to rob the person at the ATM and the guy turns around and its his neighbor.

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    He's not in school, cause he would be smart enough to know that no 7-11 got enough money in the register to buy clothes for school. Maybe one pair of gymshoes. He could've just sold the gun for that.

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    Well sarcasm doesn't work well when we cant see you or hear your tone...next time add a LOL or something so we know because folks on here are for real defending him using the same excuse.

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    Wait! he pointed the gun at the cop? Was there another video? The one I saw was a robber fleeing the scene.

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    He was running away, it just so happen that the cop was waiting for him right outside the door, soon as soon as he stepped out the store......cop shot him, not because he waved or pointed it, he visibly had a gun so he got shot. End of story.

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    Unarmed means: not equipped with or carrying weapons.
    He was "unbulleted".

  • Banka

    looks like he was fleeing the scene, just sad to lose your life for 26 bucks.

  • Banka

    I don't agree with the " he deserve what he got line" true that he should not be doing a armed robbery with a shottie, but did he take a life in the process....NO. Did he plan on taking a life in the process.... ( not with a empty shotgun )..

  • Banka

    True, however we all know that it wasn't loaded and still people are saying he deserved to die... really? Just no fawking compassion any more.!!

  • Shay

    my sentiments exactly

  • Waya Hedia

    He probably could have sold that shotgun for more than $26

  • Dowoop

    Point taken.

  • Lady_Elle

    Well... the robber should've loaded it!

  • Layah Jhene

    Activist engaged??? Lmao FOH. I would've shot his ass too.

  • Jamal Warner

    My question was if he appeared white would the officer have waited. His hands were exposed as other body parts.

  • Jamal Warner

    I would think that he would have waited.

  • Not Down With The BS

    How the h€ll would the cop or anyone else know it's unloaded??? Who would be outraged by this? That would be stupid.

  • Phyllis

    OMG!!! I feel this would haunt me for life. Stay strong Sister..

  • Phyllis

    So sorry to hear that Shun.

  • shun king

    yes its awful it been a lot of sad stories of guys stealing cars running from cops and killing a whole unsuspecting family . i know one girl was riding with a dude he didn't have license and hi speed chased from to police wrecked and she got burned up very bad

  • MS.BEE

    DUMMY!!!!