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

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

Commissioner Michael Harrison did not identify 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.

Police were called to the grocery store on The Alameda shortly after 12:30 p.m. Saturday and they encountered the angry guard. Harrison said he watched footage of the encounter captured by the two officers’ body cameras.

“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 the store.”

One other employee was wounded during the encounter, but it’s unclear how the person was wounded. Harrison said the employee’s injuries are not life threatening.

“The officers acted with great bravery,” the commissioner said “upon approaching the front of the store.”

The two officers were not injured. The commissioner also said police couldn’t tell if the security guard was wounded.