Police accuse three in incident that led to shooting by deputies; Robbery, gun charges await man in hospital


Baltimore police yesterday identified three suspects, including a man off-duty sheriff's deputies shot Tuesday night, in the attempted robbery of an East Baltimore bar, a department spokeswoman said.

Edrice Howard, 22, of the 2200 block of E. North Ave., will be charged with three counts of assault by pointing, armed robbery and handgun violations, on his release from Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Agent Angelique Cook-Hayes, a police spokeswoman, said. Howard was in fair condition yesterday with gunshot wounds to his arms and legs.

Derrick Palm, 25, of the 100 block of N. Milton Ave., and Rasul Brown, 16, of the 1200 block of Ashland Ave., have been charged with armed robbery and handgun violations in the incident, Cook-Hayes said.

Police said three men walked into the Me Too Bar in the 3200 block of Pulaski Highway about 8: 50 p.m. Tuesday and announced a hold-up. Three customers and two bar employees fled to a nearby tavern -- Looney's Santa Fe -- where about a dozen off-duty sheriff's deputies were at a Fraternal Order of Police union meeting.

Deputies Sherman Wiley, 51, Michael James, 50, and Wilbur Cooper, 48, went to the other bar and confronted the men near the entrance, Cook-Hayes said. They identified themselves and ordered the men to drop their weapons, police said.

The men refused to do so and the deputies fired, hitting one of them, while the other two ran back into the bar, police said. The two barricaded themselves inside but surrendered shortly after midnight, police said.

Cook-Hayes said Howard was using a BB gun, and a toy gun was recovered at the scene.

"He [Howard] had a BB gun that looks like a real gun," Cook-Hayes said. "He was waving it around in a threatening manner."

Sheriff John Anderson said his investigators would determine if the deputies should be placed on administrative duties. The deputies' weapons were taken Tuesday night, but they retained their police powers, Anderson said.

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