A robbery suspect shot two Anne Arundel County police officers, wounding one seriously, before he was fatally wounded by other police during an exchange of gunfire yesterday in a wooded area in Pasadena, Md., Anne Arundel police reported.
The suspect and the officers were flown by Maryland State Police helicopters to the Shock Trauma Unit at the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore, where the suspect died a short time later, police said.
The suspect was identified as Daniel Edward Hall, 19, of Glen Burnie.
Both of the officers were in stable condition last night. One, Robert Lindsay, 28 a county policeman for fiver years, was suffering from shoulder and neck wounds described as serious.
The other officer, Henry F. Affeldt, 22, a police trainee, suffered wrist and forearm wounds. He was transferred to a special hand treatment center at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, police said.
According to police, the suspect entered the K mart discount store at Jumpers Mall, located at Jumpers Hole Road and Rte. 2 about 5 p.m. and asked to see a handgun in the sporting goods department.
Police said he told a salesperson, "I was looking at these guns yesterday that I was interested in and I'd like to see them again today." The man pointed to a 12-gauge shotgun, and when the cashier handed it to him, he took shells from his pocket and loaded the gun, police said.
County police Capt, Robert Russell said the man pointed the shotgun at the salesperson and demanded money from the cash register. When the cashier became hysterical he grabbed money from the register, Russell said.
An employe in the garden shop next to the sporting goods department noticed the confusion and alerted K mart assistant store Manager Jim Thompson, police said.
The holdup man "went through the garden shop and was chased by myself and several store employes," Thompson said. "We didn't know at that point that the suspect had a gun. He shot at us, then ran into the woods."
Before the man entered the woods, he tried to stop a van being driven through the shopping center parking lot, but the driver of the van refused to stop, police said.
Russell said the holdup suspect then ran into the woods and was spotted by Lindsay and Affeldt as he was coming out.
Lindsay was then shot in the shoulder and neck as he out of his police car, Russell said. Affeldt was shot as he got out of the car and started backing away, Russell said.
Police said the suspect then ran back into the woods, where he exchanged shots with three off-duty officers, Mike Belcher, Wayne Jones and Det. Bill Hyers. All three had heard a call for assistance over the radios of the police cars they take home with them.
During the exchange of gunfire, the suspect, later identified as Hall, was fatally wounded, police said. It was not immediatley known how many times Hall was shot or who fired the shots that hit him, police said.
"There were lots of shots," said Jackie Metzler, K mart personnel manager who was standing outside the store at the time of the shooting.
Lindsay, described as "an excellent officer" by county police Sgt. Donald G Hallock, had been chosen to receive a policeman of the year award from the local Elks club, police said.
"It's not just any policeman who will go out with policemen in training," Hallock said. "We usually pick someone with a good background and a lot of knowledge."
Hallock, a shift supervisor, said he will recommend that both of the wounded officers get department citations.