Shop owner not charged in fatal shooting

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The Baltimore state's attorney's office has decided not to file charges against the owner of an automotive repair shop who fatally shot a man who allegedly was trying to rob him.

Prosecutor Donald Giblin said the shooting Friday evening at the Subway Service Center, also known as Joe's Garage, in the 4200 block of Wabash Ave. appeared to be in self-defense.

"This is a guy who had a permit for the gun, was in his own business establishment, and relayed to the officers the man was armed with a knife and was lunging at him," Giblin said.

The prosecutor added that the investigation is continuing and that the owner, whose name was not released by police, could be charged if evidence arises to show he committed a crime.

Police yesterday identified the man who was killed as Ernest Trammell, 44, of the 2500 block of Madison Ave.

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