Police say Arnett Myers tried to take officer’s gun during struggle
By Jessica Anderson and Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun
11:06 PM EDT, June 5, 2013
A man was fatally shot by Baltimore County police after he attempted to take the gun of an officer placing him under arrest in White Marsh on Wednesday evening, police said.
Cpl. Cathy Batton, a county police spokeswoman, said the incident began with a 5:15 p.m. call to police from a woman who said a man was disturbing people on a motor scooter at the Colony Motel in the 11100 block of Pulaski Highway.
“When she asked him to leave, he drove the scooter in circles around her and then attempted to strike her with the scooter,” Batton wrote in an email.
When police arrived, they found there was an open warrant for the man for failure to appear in court for not paying child support, Batton said.
As officers tried to arrest the man, a struggle ensued and he reached for one officer’s weapon, Batton said. A second officer, fearing for the first officer’s safety, fatally shot the man during the struggle.
Police identified the man as Arnett Myers, 57, of the 11100 block of Pulaski Highway, the same block the motel is in. The officer who shot him was placed on routine administrative leave.
Crime scene technicians continued to collect evidence and take photos outside the one-story brick motel after the shooting. Myers’ body remained outside a room under a white sheet, along with several pieces of clothing and a black duffel bag. A motor scooter was parked outside the room near where Myers was shot.
Batton would not say how many times Myers had been shot or whether he had a weapon when officers arrived at the motel.
“We don’t have a full account of what happened,” she said, adding that detectives were interviewing witnesses Wednesday night.