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Police identify suspect killed in Jessup robbery


Howard County police have identified the masked man shot and killed by a Jessup pawnshop employee during a robbery Monday -- and now their investigation will attempt to clarify whether the employee fired in self-defense.

The dead man was John Wesley Langley, 30, of the 12400 block of Stirrup Lane in Bowie, police said.

Police said Mr. Langley was shot by store employee George Washington Ernest, 58, of Jessup, who was in the store with employee Eric Stephan Granger, 22, of Glen Burnie and customer Natalie Campbell, 31, of Jessup.

Officers found a white Isuzu truck registered to Mr. Langley on a street near the Jessup Gold and Silver Exchange in the 7800 block of Old Jessup Road.

The keys had been left in the ignition.

When police complete their investigation, they will present findings to Howard County State's Attorney Marna McLendon, who will decide whether to pursue charges against Mr. Ernest.

Police said a man in an orange ski mask armed with a .22-caliber handgun confronted Mr. Granger while he was working behind the pawnshop building about noon Monday.

The robber, who also had a 9 mm handgun in a shoulder strap under his overalls, forced the employee to the front of the building.

He entered the shop and held Mr. Ernest, Mr. Granger and Ms. Campbell at gunpoint, before stealing cash and another loaded 9 mm handgun, police said.

The robber then ran to the front door, but was stopped by the electronic lock system, police said.

As he started to turn toward the employees, he was shot in the upper back by Mr. Ernest, police said. The suspect fell to the floor and died.

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