By Raymond McCaffrey
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, March 29, 2007
A man suspected of robbing a Severna Park bank was fatally shot and an Anne Arundel County police officer was wounded yesterday after a gun battle erupted when the suspect was cornered in a residential neighborhood, police said.
Police did not release the suspect's name. The officer, Doyle Holquist, 32, a 1 1/2 -year veteran of the department, was released yesterday from Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after being treated for a leg wound.
According to a police statement, officers were called to a robbery shortly after 9 a.m. at a Bank of America branch at 601 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd. Silent alarms had been activated after a man with a garment over his face demanded money from a teller and escaped with cash, police said.
Officers found the suspect walking north on Route 648 and ordered him to surrender. The man, who did not display a weapon in the bank, pulled out a pistol and fired at them. They shot back and chased him through the yards of nearby homes, cornering him on Kimberly Court, the statement said.
Authorities said they were unable to say how many officers were involved in the shooting.
"The suspect refused to comply with officers' commands and continued shooting at them," police said. "At that time, one of the officers was shot in the leg. Officers immediately returned shots and struck the suspect."
Police said the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers involved in the shooting will be placed on routine administrative leave while the incident is investigated, said Cpl. Sara Shriver, a police spokeswoman.