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Man wounded during police-involved shooting in Middle River

Baltimore County police shot a man suspected of armed robbery after he reached for a handgun as detectives attempted to arrest him, department officials said Friday.

The suspect, who has not been identified, suffered minor injuries as the result of a gunshot wound, police said. He was treated at a local hospital and released into police custody.

The detectives, a 29- and a 25-year veteran assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division, were not injured during this incident. Police did not name the officers Friday. They have been placed on routine administrative leave pending an investigation.

Police spokeswoman Cpl. Cathy Batton declined to say if detectives were specifically looking for the suspect at time of the incident. She declined to provide further information, citing the investigation.

The officers were in the area of Pulaski Highway and Route 43 about 7 a.m. Friday when they watched the suspect drive away from the Colony Inn motel in the 11100 block of Pulaski Highway.

When they walked up to his car at a traffic light and attempted to take him into custody, police said, he reached for a gun. The officers then shot at him.

The suspect drove away, striking two police vehicles and made it about 7 miles to Pulaski Highway and Middle River Road, where he hit another vehicle. No one else was injured.

The man attempted to flee on foot but was later taken into custody. The back window of his vehicle, a white 1996 Toyota Camry, was broken, but police said Friday they could not say whether the damage was a result of the gunfire.

Hours later, tactical officers served a search warrant on a room at the motel in connection with the investigation and took one woman into custody for questioning.

No charges have been filed.

The motel manager, Ruth Meritt, said the room police entered Friday had been shared for the past three days by a man and woman.

Police were called to the same motel, which advertises "Rooms of the World" and the "Tahiti Room" on a neon sign, for a fatal police-involved shooting in June.

Police were called to the motel in that incident because of complaints from another manager who said Arnett Myers was riding his scooter around the parking lot after having been asked to leave.

When police arrived at the motel, Myers had returned to his apartment down the road. There, police said, he resisted and reached for one officer's service weapon, attempting to pull the gun out of the holster. He was fatally shot by an officer.

Baltimore Sun reporter Andrea K. Walker contributed to this article.

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