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Arundel police identify officer in fatal shooting

Say Timothy Peek, four-year veteran, was 'in fear for his life'

By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun

8:34 PM EDT, April 16, 2012

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Anne Arundel County Police have identified the officer who shot a Gambrills man to death in the man's home last week as Timothy Peek, a four-year member of the force assigned to patrol services.

Peek was responding to a report of a domestic assault in the 800 block of Frost Valley Lane on Friday afternoon when he became involved in a "physical altercation" with resident Gary Petrie, police said. They said Peek was "in fear for his life" when he shot Petrie in the upper body.

Petrie, 56, was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died of his injuries, police said.

A woman from the residence was taken to the Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said Monday that Peek appears to have used "a progression of non-lethal department-issued weapons" to subdue Petrie. At some point, police said, Petrie "obtained an object to be used as a blunt force object."

Peek, "fearing that he was in immediate danger of serious personal injury," fired his department-issued handgun at Petrie.

The incident remains under investigation.

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