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Police raid home of slaying suspect Guns, ammunition and drugs seized BALTIMORE CITY


Baltimore police raided a murder suspect's home Tuesday and seized two grams of cocaine, five large-caliber handguns, a bulletproof vest and a cache of ammunition that included Black Talon bullets.

Karl Ollis Locke, 20, was arrested when police went to the house in the 3100 block of Parkington Ave. in Northwest Baltimore.

Police said Mr. Locke also lists an address in the 2500 block of Steele Road.

Also confiscated was $30,800 in cash, a $7,100 money order, and a 1991 Acura Legend automobile, police said.

Mr. Locke was charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Edward Swann Barnes, 23. Mr. Barnes was slain Monday in the 2600 block of Park Heights Terrace, police said.

He is believed to have been murdered in a drug-related argument. He was shot with several Black Talon bullets, which mushroom on impact, exposing razor-sharp claws that cause extensive damage, police said.

Winchester Ammunition Co. manufactures the bullets for law enforcement agencies but also sells them on the open market.

The ammunition is used by approximately 100 police departments nationwide, including Baltimore County police.

Some police officers have criticized the use of the bullets as an unnecessary escalation in the war against crime, saying the bullets are excessively destructive.

Mr. Barnes is the fourth man known to have been slain in Maryland by a Black Talon bullet. Three of the victims were killed in drug-related murders in Baltimore and the other was killed in self-defense by a Baltimore County police officer.

Of the 21 Black Talons recovered at the home on Parkington Avenue, five of the rounds were spent, police said.

Also found in the house were three 40-caliber bullets and 13 9 mm bullets, police said.

The handguns recovered were a .40-caliber semiautomatic, two 9 mm semiautomatics, a 25-caliber semiautomatic and a .357 Magnum revolver, police said.

Police said they are checking where the weapons came from and why they were being stored at the home, but preliminary investigation shows the weapons were tied to a drug ring, police said.

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