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Frederick man injured in police shootout

September 10, 1999|By MARLO BARNHART

FREDERICK, Md. - A 25-year-old Frederick man was killed in a downtown shootout with a Frederick City Police officer late Thursday after a routine traffic stop with a bizarre twist.

Larry Wayne Staub Jr., West Thornhill Place, Frederick, was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival in the emergency room, according to Capt. Harold Domer of the Frederick City Police.

Police previously listed Staub's address as Putnam Road, Frederick County.

The episode began at 10:15 p.m. when an officer saw a vehicle on West All Saints Street near Bentz Street driving with one headlight, police said.

During the traffic stop, the driver gave the officer what turned out to be false identification information, police said.

"When that name was checked, there was an active warrant for failure to appear on a breaking and entering charge under that name," Domer said.

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But later police learned Staub's true identity and found he wasn't wanted for any crimes, Domer said.

Nonetheless, Staub fled on foot, running eastbound on West All Saints Street with officers in pursuit yelling for him to stop, police said.

Instead, Staub entered Mullenix Alley, pulled a handgun from his clothing and fired two rounds at the pursuing officers, police said.

Neither officer was shot.

Officer Vaughn Harper returned fire, hitting the suspect once. An ambulance was called immediately and Staub was taken to the hospital with a chest wound. He died shortly after arriving at the hospital's emergency room.

A revolver was recovered next to Staub in the alley along with two spent casings and three live rounds, police said.

Harper, a two-year veteran on the force, was placed on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

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