Man shot by police possessed stolen goods
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 12:49

Alleged stolen items not taken from Dundalk

by Bill Gates

    Baltimore County police said this week a man shot and killed during a scuffle with police on Sept. 23 had stolen property in the trunk of his vehicle.
    But, in another odd aspect of the case, it wasn’t stolen from anywhere in Dundalk — or Maryland.
    “We have identified some of the owners of the stolen property, but they are located out of state,” Baltimore County Police spokeswoman Cpl. Cathy Batton said on Monday. “Detectives are continuing to research the items and determine [from] where they were taken.”

    Joshua M. Lopez, 22,  of La Marque, Texas, was stopped and questioned by police in the 7800 block of Seaside Road on Sept. 23 at 2:21 a.m.
    The police were responding to calls from local residents concerning several men with backpacks walking along Dunmanway towards the trailer park.
    When police arrived in the area, they stopped Lopez due to his matching a description given by one of the callers.
    Lopez allegedly became combative while being questioned by police and began struggling on the ground with one of the officers.
    The officer fighting with Lopez said he felt Lopez pulling on his gunbelt and trying to take his weapon.
    When Lopez reportedly continued trying to take the officer’s gun despite being pepper-sprayed, the second officer shot and killed Lopez.
    An investigation revealed that Lopez was a member of the U.S. Navy, a quartermaster stationed on the USS Vella Gulf, based in Norfolk, Va.
    Cpl. Batton said investigators are still trying to determine how Lopez, a Texas resident based on a Navy warship in Virginia, came to be in Dundalk at 2:20 a.m.
    “We are in communication with the Navy,” she said.
    The backpack Lopez was wearing when he was stopped by police contained a vehicle registration card taken from an automobile on Holborn Road and a screwdriver.
    Lopez himself was wearing gloves and carrying a large metal flashlight, Cpl. Batton said.
    Lopez’s vehicle was found nearby, and “detectives found a significant amount of electronic equipment in the trunk,” Cpl. Batton said. “They believed it may have been taken from other burglaries in the area.”
    But the stolen property that had been identified as of Monday all came from out of state.
    “We do not have any additional Dundalk-area victims at this time,” Batton said.
    The initial calls to 911 that night did mention multiple suspects seen walking with backpacks, Batton confirmed.
    “However, responding officers did not locate anyone else in the area and detectives have not identified any other suspects in connection with this case,” she said.
    According to a story in the Monday edition of the Baltimore Sun, Lopez’s family may possibly hire a private investigator to look into the circumstances of his death.