Baltimore County police shoot 3 robbery suspects, killing one

Baltimore County police shot 3 suspected robbers last night in Woodlawn, killing one.

Baltimore County police shot three robbery suspects late Monday night in Woodlawn, killing one of them, police said Tuesday.

Police said two officers opened fire when the vehicle the suspects were in accelerated toward them.

Authorities identified the man who was shot fatally as Rashad Daquan Opher, 20, of Windsor Mill. The other two people, whose names were not released, were hospitalized Tuesday under police supervision. The officers were not injured, police said.

A man who answered the door at Opher's home declined to comment.

County police Sgt. Andrea Bylen said the officers feared for their lives when they opened fire at the approaching car.

The officers, who have not been publicly named, were placed on administrative status. Body-camera footage from the scene is part of the police investigation of the shooting, but it was not released Tuesday.

Investigators said they later found a handgun in the vehicle.

Police said the suspects the officers shot were linked to a string of armed robberies.

The shooting happened about midnight around the corner from a Royal Farms store that had just been robbed. The convenience store is located next to the Police Department's Woodlawn precinct.

Police had been on the lookout after a series of robberies that began around 4 p.m. Monday. In one Monday incident, police said, a hotel clerk in the Woodlawn area was struck with a handgun and seriously injured.

Late Monday night, police said, an officer saw someone running away from the Royal Farms in the 6400 block of Windsor Mill Road. Another officer checked the store and learned it had been robbed. The two officers found a parked vehicle at Walnut Street and Englewood Avenue and approached it on foot.

When the vehicle started toward them, they opened fire, police said.

Police said the three suspects also were linked to at least five other armed robberies this past weekend at liquor and convenience stores in western Baltimore County. Investigators believe the suspects took turns carrying out the robberies and said video footage from some of the stores showed them using a handgun.

County Councilman Julian Jones, whose district includes Woodlawn, said he had been briefed on the shooting and robberies.

"If these are the ones that were responsible for the robberies, there's no question they were a menace to society," said Jones, a Woodstock Democrat.

This was the second county police shooting this year.

In January, an officer shot and killed Kerry Lee Coomer, 59, in Overlea. Police said Coomer was armed with a long gun and had threatened his family.

Last year, county police shot six people, two of them fatally.

Baltimore Sun reporter Carrie Wells contributed to this article.

tprudente@baltsun.com

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