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Man shot by Baltimore County police in Randallstown grocery store dies

A man Baltimore County police shot after officers said he refused to drop a machete at a Randallstown shopping center Tuesday night has died, the department said.

Police identified him Wednesday afternoon as 24-year-old Emanuel David Oates.

Police spokesman Cpl. Shawn Vinson said the shooting remains under investigation.

The names of the officers involved have not been released. They remain on paid administrative leave.

Homicide detectives, who investigate all officer-involved shootings in the county, will submit their investigation to the state’s attorney’s office, which will decide whether to issues charges.

Vinson said detectives are reviewing footage from store surveillance cameras and officer body worn cameras. The body worn camera footage will not be released because “it’s an active investigation,” Vinson said.

Family for Oates could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

The incident began shortly before 4:30 p.m. in the Liberty Court shopping center. An officer was in the area responding to an accident when she was notified by an employee of the Dollar Tree store about a theft, police said. The officer saw Oates, who matched the theft suspect’s description, and she followed him to nearby Old Court Road, near the entrance to the shopping center, Vinson said.

The officer approached Oates and attempted to question him about the theft but he started to walk away, Vinson said. At that point, a second officer pulled up to the scene and Oates started to flee, he said.

The second officer attempted to detain Oates, and they both fell to the ground between the road and curb, Vinson said. Oates then pulled out a machete and he attempted to cut the officer on the leg, Vinson said. Vinson said the officer’s uniform was cut, but could not say to what extent the officer was injured.

Both officers then backed up, drew their guns and told Oates repeatedly to drop the knife, he said.

Oates then ran into the Aldi grocery store in the shopping center, where officers confronted him in an open area between check-out lines and the food aisles, police said. The officers told him to drop the weapon, but Vinson said Oates moved toward the officers.

“Once the officers feel they can’t retreat anymore, two officers fire,” he said.

Vinson could not confirm the number of rounds fired, but said Oates was struck at least one time to the upper body. He was taken to a hospital.

Kimberly Lovitt previously told The Baltimore Sun she was in the parking lot when the man fled, and she questioned the officers’ actions, saying they did not need to fire their weapons.

“He wasn’t threatening them. He wasn’t lunging at them. He wasn’t swinging [his weapon] at them,” she said.

No one else was injured in the incident.

The shooting is the first one involving Baltimore County officers this year. Last year, two men were shot by county officers in separate incidents.

An officer shot and injured a man who police said led them on a car chase through Rosedale on July 5. Another man was shot when an officer responded to a house fire in Dundalk on May 23, and attempted to get a man inside the house to leave, but he refused. During an altercation, police said the man was struck when the officer’s gun was fired.

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