Security guard fatally shot at Baltimore County crab house

A security guard was fatally shot while breaking up a fight between patrons at a Windsor Mill crab house early Friday morning, Baltimore County police said.

Eugene Flanagan Jr., 38, was shot at the Windsor Inn in the 7200 block of Windsor Mill Road shortly before 2 a.m., police said.

"Investigators determined that the victim was a security officer at the Windsor Inn, and that he was shot while breaking up a fight and escorting patrons outside," police wrote in a release.

Police have made no arrests in the case and have identified no suspects.

No one answered the door Friday at Flanagan's brick rowhouse off Pleasant Plains Road in Towson.

Police have been called to the area outside the restaurant in the past. In April, three people were assaulted by a crowd outside the business during early-morning hours. A man and a woman were taken to the hospital for their injuries, police said. The attack was captured on cellphones by people in the crowd and posted to Facebook

In July 2007, two men were shot, one fatally, in the parking lot at closing time. Earlier that year, two security officers attempted to break up a fight outside the restaurant between several men about 1:20 a.m. Both men and the three patrons were stabbed, police said.

Baltimore County police spokeswoman Cpl. Cathy Batton could not provide information Friday about how many times police have been called to the restaurant in the past year. "We have responded to the Windsor Inn in the past, and we work with the business owners and the Liquor Board when complaints arise," she said in an email.

Inside the lounge area of the restaurant Friday afternoon, employees were preparing for a lunch shift behind the long bar decorated with paper candy canes. A bartender said she didn't know Flanagan because she worked day shifts.

On the carryout side of the restaurant, where customers can pick bottles of wine and slices of cake from refrigerator cases, an employee declined to comment. Messages left for the owners were not returned.

Mike Mohler, chief administrator for the Baltimore County liquor board, said he expects the panel to hold a hearing on the incident after it receives a police report on the shooting.

At another county bar where a security guard was fatally injured while trying to break up a fight last year, the board allowed owners to keep their liquor license but imposed a $2,000 fine.

The board ordered Tee-Bee's Place in Parkville to pay the fine because they found that security procedures that could have prevented the fatal stabbing of 38-year-old Tavares Jones were not followed.

Anyone with information on the Windsor Inn shooting is asked to call Baltimore County police at 410-307-2020.

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