An unarmed man was shot and killed by a police officer in Reisterstown, Maryland, after he allegedly tried to use a fake prescription to obtain cough syrup at a pharmacy on Sept. 23.
The Baltimore County Police Department said in a statement, "Narcotics detectives confirm that the suspect tried to obtain promethazine plus codeine at the Nature Care pharmacy. This is a narcotic cough syrup, often combined with alcohol to produce a ‘high.’”
After the unidentified man tried pass the fake prescription, the pharmacist called the police.
The police claimed they approached the man in the drug store parking lot, but he ran across the street, notes CBS Baltimore.
The Guardian reports that the police said the man was shot three times after “reaching around to the small of his back and abruptly whipping his hand around and pointing it toward the officer, as if with a weapon."
The police claimed that a surveillance video, which has not been released, shows the man falling to the ground (after being shot) where he “refuses to comply and keeps reaching into his waistband, as if for a weapon."
However, police added, "A weapon was not found.”
The Baltimore County Police Department placed its officer on administrative leave while it conducts its own investigation of the shooting, which will be referred to the Baltimore County district attorney.