Police: Man shot by officer had committed carjacking

A 27-year-old man who was shot by a Baltimore Police officer after refusing to drop what turned out to be a replica gun had carjacked a man moments earlier, police say in court documents.

Marquis Queen, of Gwynn Oak, was shot multiple times on Aug. 13 in the 3400 block of Old Frederick Rd. Police said last month that Officer Charles Meshaw, who had returned to duty after a shooting that occurred in January, saw Queen engaged in what appeared to be a drug deal. Queen fled, and refused to drop the weapon and was shot, police said.


According to new charging documents, police now say the apparent drug deal was an attempted carjacking A driver was stopped on Old Frederick Road when Queen climbed into the front passenger door and demanded a ride to East Baltimore, records show. Queen pulled what appeared to be a handgun, and the driver got out.

That's when the officers pulled up next to the vehicle, a 2004 Jeep Cherokee, and say Queen started running. When Queen did not comply with the officer's commands to drop the weapon, he was shot, records show.

"It appeared to be a drug transaction, but then we did an investigation," said Sgt. Eric Kowalczyk, a police spokesman. "This is what has come out of that investigation."

Police said they recovered a black Smith & Wesson replica gun with a detachable magazine. A key to the Jeep was also found.

Queen was initially charged with attempted drug distribution, possession of drugs with the intent to distribute, and possession of a pellet gun. Those charges are pending.

Queen now faces charges of attempted armed carjacking, carjacking, attempted theft, and multiple handgun crimes. He is being held without bail. No attorney is listed in court records.

Prosecutors last week released documents to The Sun related to Meshaw's earlier shooting. You can read the summary report from homicide detectives to prosecutors here.