Former employee charged in Restaurant Depot shooting in South Baltimore; had previously been shot by police

A former employee was arrested and charged Wednesday in the shooting of a Restaurant Depot employee during a pre-dawn robbery attempt at the restaurant supply warehouse in South Baltimore earlier this month, police said Thursday.

Cornell Slater, 33, of the 1000 block of Whatcoat Street in Sandtown-Winchester, was arrested in a stolen vehicle in the 500 block of Realm Court in Odenton by Anne Arundel County police, officials said. They realized he had an open warrant in the shooting, police said.

Slater, who had been shot by Baltimore Police in a previous incident, faces more than two dozen criminal counts, including attempted murder, assault, robbery, reckless endangerment and gun charges, according to court records. He was ordered held without bond during a bail hearing Thursday.

No attorney was listed for Slater in court records, no phone number was listed for his address, and a relative did not return a request for comment.

The Restaurant Depot employee who was shot was expected to survive, according to police, who did not release the victim’s name. A manager and inventory controller at the warehouse declined to comment on Thursday.

Baltimore Police SWAT teams surrounded the warehouse, across the street from the Patapsco Village Shopping Center in South Baltimore, after the shooting at 4:50 a.m. on Dec. 5. They searched the building as the sun rose but found no sign of the two suspects and concluded they had left the premises.

Detectives “quickly learned that one of the suspects, the shooter, was a former employee of Restaurant Depot,” police said in a statement Thursday, and an arrest warrant was issued for Slater two days later.

Police said no other arrests had been made but did not say Thursday afternoon whether they had issued any other warrants in the shooting.

Slater had been shot by police after striking a plainclothes city police officer with his car in a previous incident in Northwest Baltimore 12 years ago.

On Oct. 12, 2006, Slater struck the officer with a car and was shot by three other police officers after being pulled over at Cottage and Violet avenues in Northwest Baltimore following a suspected drug deal, according to police and prosecutors. The injured officer was treated and released from the hospital.

Police said they found 25 vials of crack cocaine in his clothing and a 9mm handgun under the driver’s seat of the vehicle.

Slater pleaded guilty to dealing crack cocaine and was sentenced to more than eight years in prison in that incident.

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