A Baltimore County police officer was working an off-duty job at a Catonsville grocery store, when he shot and killed a shoplifting suspect early Tuesday morning.
The police officer was working security at the Giant Food at U.S. 40 and Rolling Road, when a man entered the store and tried to steal laundry detergent. The officer followed the suspect to the parking lot, where he confronted him.
The officer approached the suspect as he got into a vehicle and drove off. The officer was dragged 108 feet before he fatally shot the suspect. He was not injured in the incident.
The officer was wearing a Baltimore County police uniform, but had not been assigned a body camera, said Officer Jennifer Peach, police spokeswoman.
Peach said the police officer “feared for his life.”
The man was pronounced dead at the scene and a passenger in the vehicle was transported to an area hospital after complaining of pain.
The races of the man and officer were not released.