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Machete wielding man shot by officers at Randallstown Aldi dies

Posted at 3:05 PM, Feb 20, 2019

RANDALLSTOWN, Md. — A man with a machete has died after being shot by two officers at an Aldi Tuesday night.

According to Baltimore County Police, the man identified as 24-year-old Emanuel David Oates died from his injuries on Wednesday.

Police say an officer was investigating a car crash in a parking lot near the Aldi grocery store at the 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 said someone had just shoplifted at the store, so the officer went to investigate.

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Police say the suspect continued to walk away from the officer, walking in the middle of the street towards Old Court Road, ignoring the officer's calls. More officers arrived and the suspect began to run away.

An officer was able to grab the suspect by the arm, but he pulled out a machete from his jacket and swung it at the officer. The man ran back towards the shopping center and then went inside the Aldi store with the officers following him at a safe distance. They gave commands for him to drop the weapon, but he advanced toward them, causing the officers to back up into a wall near the entrance of the store, according to police.

Police say they continued to ask the man to drop his weapon, but he kept getting closer to them so two officers fired their guns at the suspect. The man was hit once in the upper body and the officers grabbed his weapon and then helped him with him wound, according to police.

The suspect was taken to a hospital with critical injuries. Detectives are continuing to investigate the shooting and it will be reviewed by the Assistant State's Attorney's Office for Baltimore County.

The names of the officers have not been released at this time. Both officers are on routine administrative leave pending the conclusion of the investigation.

Police say body-worn camera video of the incident was captured but they have not released it at this time.