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Suspect in Baltimore barricade situation dead of self-inflicted gunshot wound
WMAR Staff , Katrina Bush
10:02 AM, Jan 10, 2014
11:46 PM, Jan 10, 2014
A man who Baltimore police suspect of committing the city's 11th homicide in 10 days was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound following a barricade situation Friday morning.
Police said the latest act of violence occurred around 2 a.m. suspect allegedly shot and killed another man. The suspect in that case ended up in a barricade situation near the intersection of E. 21st and N. Charles St. in the Charles North neighborhood, not far from where the latest homicide took place.
By 11 a.m., police said they discovered the suspect inside a home dead.
"He took his own life within the building, as we surrounded it and put our SWAT team in place. We sent a robot in there to check the location and he ended his own life talking to one of our negotiators," Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said.
Police added that the man was suspected in several "major" incidents.
"This guy is a one man crime spree that was taking place within our city," Commissioner Batts added.
Sources tell ABC2 the suspected is connected to city shootings in last 10 days, possibly including other homicides.
"Although he has an extensive rap sheet, I do not connect him at this point in time with a gang. You see his activities happen to be random. They were not something that you could plan out or that you could react to," Commissioner Batts said.
This incident came less than a day after a man was killed and a woman badly injured in a double shooting in southwest Baltimore. That shooting came just before 3 p.m. on the 500 block of S. Smallwood St.
The man in question entered the family-owned store armed with a handgun and shot Jose Abreu, 49,in the upper torso. He then shot a female victim in the upper torso as well. Abreu was pronounced dead at 3:48 p.m. while the woman was listed in good condition at an area hospital, police said.
Police said this shooting came a day after a man was shot to death in northeast Baltimore.
Marvin McGowan was found just after 10 p.m. Wednesday on Eastbury Ave. in the Frankford neighborhood.
No arrests have been made in any of the other homicides this year. Last year, homicides jumped to 235, the highest number in four years.
Homicide detectives and are requesting that anyone with information call them at 410-396-2100.