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Man suspected in Harford armed robberies dies of self-inflicted wound in Baltimore County after police pursuit, authorities say

A 38-year-old man suspected in three Harford County armed robberies shot himself on Interstate 695 in Baltimore County Sunday morning while being pursued by sheriff’s deputies and police officers, authorities said.

Thomas R. Hoerr III, of Forest Hill in Harford County, died at a hospital Sunday. He was taken to the trauma center after the car he was fleeing police in came to a crashing halt on I-695, near Eastern Avenue, authorities from Baltimore and Harford counties said.

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After Hoerr’s death, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office said detectives confirmed his connection to a stretch of convenience store and gas station armed robberies around the Christmas holiday. One occurred Tuesday in Churchville, another happened on Christmas morning in Aberdeen and a third in Abingdon on Saturday.

Harford County detectives and patrol deputies had been tailing Hoerr Sunday morning, the sheriff’s office said. They saw him get into his Honda Accord, a vehicle that officials said was seen leaving the scene of at least one robbery, and initiated a traffic stop near the intersection of Routes 543 and 136 in Abingdon.

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Hoerr stopped his car. Then, he accelerated away from patrol deputies, the sheriff’s office said.

The 2004 Honda continued across the Baltimore County line near Philadelphia Road and Campbell Boulevard and county police officers took over the pursuit, the authorities said.

Officers followed the Honda onto the inner loop of I-695 near Route 702. That’s where police said the vehicle began to drive erratically.

The sedan struck a guardrail several times before it came to a stop before Eastern Avenue, police said.

Police approached the vehicle and found the driver was seriously injured. The officers busted the window to remove the driver, police said, and medics took the driver to the hospital. The person was pronounced dead by medial staff.

Officers found a weapon inside the Honda, police said.

Police said investigators believe the car began driving erratically and crashed because the driver suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Equipped with search and seizure warrants, Harford detectives then collected evidence from Hoerr’s car and residence, the sheriff’s office said. Items collected connected Hoerr to robberies of a High’s gas station in Churchville, a Royal Farms in Aberdeen and 7-Eleven in Abingdon.

When the Aberdeen Police Department asked for the public’s help identifying a masked man wearing a yellow hooded sweatshirt in the Royal Farms robbery, watchful observers drew a connection to a Harford County case.

“This pretty much looks like the exact same person as the High’s robbery that took place,” one person replied to the police department’s Tweet.

Despite Hoerr’s death, detectives with the Harford County Sheriff’s Office say they continue to investigate the robberies. The office encourages anyone with information to call investigators at 410-879-7929.

Baltimore County homicide detectives are investigating Hoerr’s death.

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