Security guard ‘enraged’ over paycheck exchanges gunfire with police at Baltimore grocery, commissioner says

Enraged over the amount of his paycheck, the security guard of a North Baltimore grocery exchanged gunfire with police before fleeing Saturday afternoon, the city’s police commissioner said.

Commissioner Michael Harrison did not name the security guard, but said officers know the man’s identity.


“It’s just a matter of time before we have him in custody,” Harrison said. “Certainly, we are pursuing criminal charges.”

Police were called to the Compare Foods store in the Alameda Marketplace shortly after 12:30 p.m. Saturday and encountered the angry guard. Harrison said he watched the footage of the encounter captured by the body cameras of the two officers.


“This resulted from the security guard being in a dispute about his paycheck,” Harrison said. “He was enraged that his pay was incorrect. That’s the genesis for this complaint, and that’s the genesis for the call to the officers about an armed suspect inside of the store.”

One other employee of the store was shot in the arm, but it’s unclear how the person was wounded. Harrison said the employee’s injury is not life-threatening.

The two officers were not hurt, and the commissioner said he didn’t know if the security guard was wounded.

“The officers acted with great bravery,” Harrison said.

Mayor Brandon Scott arrived at the scene Saturday afternoon and said all were determined to catch the gunman.

“We cannot allow people to recklessly be resolving their conflicts with weapons in our city. We say it time and time again,” Scott said.