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Off-duty Baltimore officer who shot robber in Anne Arundel identified

Lt. Ryan Frashure, Anne Arundel County Police Department spokesman, briefs the media on a police-involved shooting that occurred early Saturday morning. Anne Arundel police said Saturday that an off-duty Baltimore City police officer fatally shot a man who tried to rob him overnight in Linthicum Heights.

The off-duty Baltimore police officer who shot and killed a would-be robber in Linthicum Heights over the weekend has been identified as John Bilheimer.

Bilheimer fired his police gun five times at Edel Cato Moreland, hitting him four times, Anne Arundel County Police said Monday night.

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Police said that Moreland, 32, had approached Bilheimer in the 100 block of Homewood Road at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, announced a robbery and showed what looked like a handgun. It turned out to be a "realistic looking all black toy gun resembling a revolver," police said.

After being shot, Moreland ran a short distance, collapsed and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The shooting remains under investigation, police said.

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A woman who answered the phone Monday night at Bilheimer's house, also on Homewood Road, said he was not available. Officials with the Fraternal Order of Police could not immediately be reached for comment.

Bilheimer has been with the Baltimore Police Department for 18 years and is assigned to the Special Operations Section. He testified for the prosecution earlier this month in the case against Officer William Porter, one of six officers charged in connection with the arrest and death of Freddie Gray this spring.

Bilheimer, who has experience as a police academy instructor, testified about the responsibilities officers have when transporting people under arrest.

The jury deadlocked in Porter's case and a mistrial was declared. A new trial has been scheduled for June.

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