RANDALLSTOWN, Md. (WJZ) — A man wielding a machete died after being shot by an officer following an alleged shoplifting incident Tuesday afternoon at a Randallstown shopping center.
According to Baltimore County Police, the officer was investigating a crash near the Aldi grocery store at Liberty Court Shopping Center in the 8600 block of Liberty Road around 4:17 p.m. when she was approached by a Dollar Tree employee.
The employee told the officer that a man, later identified as 24-year-old David Oates, had just shoplifted from their store. He pointed the suspect out to the officer.
The officer tried to approach the Oates, but he continued to walk away.
Once along Old Court Road, the officer attempted to stop Oates several times, but he refused to cooperate.
Additional officers responded and the suspect began to flee.
One officer grabbed Oates’ arm and he pulled a machete out from under his jacket and swung the weapon at the officer.
Oates then fled back toward the shopping center and went inside the Aldi, wielding the machete.
Officers told the Oates to drop his weapon, but he advanced towards the officers.
They again asked him to drop his weapon, but Oates again came toward the officers.
Two officers fired their guns at the Oates, hitting him in the upper body.
Officers took the machete and began to give Oates first-aid until EMS arrived.
He was taken to an area hospital for treatment.
Body-camera video was captured of the incident and police continue to investigate the shooting.
The release of the names of the officers involved in the shooting is forthcoming. Both officers are on routine administrative leave pending the conclusion of the investigation.
Baltimore County Police released an update Wednesday afternoon stating that Oates had died from his injuries.