Po­lice: Man shot dead wanted in at­tack

Fugi­tive al­legedly pulled re­volver on his kids’ grand­fa­ther

Baltimore Sun - - FRONT PAGE - By Jes­sica An­der­son and Tim Pru­dente

The fugi­tive killed in a po­lice shoot­ing Wednesday in North­east Bal­ti­more was on the run af­ter al­legedly try­ing to shoot the grand­fa­ther of his twin toddlers in Penn­syl­va­nia, ac­cord­ing to charg­ing doc­u­ments.

Two of­fi­cers were shot and wounded when po­lice and U.S. Mar­shals raided a town­house apart­ment to ar­rest Michael Marullo. The 33-year-old re­signed last month from work­ing as a correction­s of­fi­cer in Mary­land.

Bal­ti­more Po­lice have pro­vided few de­tails of the con­fronta­tion. Cell­phone video cir­cu­lat­ing on­line shows of­fi­cers po­si­tioned out­side the apart­ments when a man bursts out point­ing a hand­gun at them.

Po­lice said they re­cov­ered a gun from the scene. They have not said whether Marullo fired his weapon.

One of the wounded of­fi­cers, who was shot in his leg, was re­leased Wednesday night from the hos­pi­tal, a po­lice spokesman said. The sec­ond of­fi­cer was hos­pi­tal­ized with in­juries that are not life-threat­en­ing; po­lice did pro­vide an up­date Thurs­day on his con­di­tion. Both were taken to the Univer­sity of Mary­land Shock Trauma Cen­ter in down­town Bal­ti­more.

Marullo died at the scene. Of­fi­cers drew a white sheet over his body.

Events that led to the deadly en­counter be­gan Sun­day some 80 miles to the north­east in Lin­wood, Penn­syl­va­nia.

The grand­fa­ther told po­lice he had called Marullo to ask him about hit­ting the twins, charg­ing doc­u­ments said. Marullo hung up on him.

Two days later on Tues­day af­ter­noon, Marullo showed up with the twins to con­front the grand­fa­ther out­side a car de­tail­ing shop in Lin­wood, po­lice said. Po­lice did not name the grand­fa­ther in charg­ing doc­u­ments against Marullo.

Ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ments,

the grand­fa­ther or­dered Marullo to leave and re­turned to his work de­tail­ing a car. Then he heard a gun­shot, po­lice wrote.

“The vic­tim looked back and saw the de­fen­dant hold­ing a sil­ver re­volver point­ing it at the vic­tim,” po­lice wrote.

The grand­fa­ther ran around the shop and heard an­other shot, he told po­lice. Of­fi­cers wrote that they in­ter­viewed two wit­nesses in the shop who cor­rob­o­rated the al­leged at­tack.

Be­fore Marullo drove away, one of the wit­nesses snapped a photo of his li­cense plate with a cell­phone, the of­fi­cers wrote. They noted in their report that the grand­fa­ther ap­peared up­set and shaken.

The pa­trol of­fi­cers filed charges against Marullo in­clud­ing at­tempted homi­cide, as­sault, reck­less en­dan­ger­ment and gun charges. On Wednesday, a mag­is­trate judge in Penn­syl­va­nia is­sued a war­rant for Marullo’s ar­rest and po­lice and mar­shals headed for his home at Gar­denvil­lage Apart­ments in North­east Bal­ti­more near Rosedale.

One neigh­bor said she heard po­lice shout­ing at him “Get down!” An­other said she heard a burst of gun­fire. One man said he saw of­fi­cers help one of the wounded off by hold­ing him un­der the arms.

Bal­ti­more po­lice have not iden­ti­fied the wounded of­fi­cers, but said one worked for Bal­ti­more City and one for Bal­ti­more County. They were as­signed to help the fed­eral Mar­shals Ser­vice ar­rest fugi­tives.

Later Wednesday night, Marullo’s mother was stunned to learn her son had died. Su­san Marullo spoke to a re­porter at the Scran­ton Times-Tri­bune news­pa­per, say­ing she last spoke to her son around 11:30 a.m. or noon Wednesday. He was planning to visit his home­town of Scran­ton on Fri­day.

“I’m in shock,” she said in the phone in­ter­view. “I see [these things] on TV and think, that poor par­ent. And now, I’m the poor par­ent.”

A na­tive of North­east­ern Penn­syl­va­nia, Marullo at­tended high school in Scran­ton and was fea­tured in the Times-Tri­bune. One photo shows him among mem­bers of UNICO Na­tional, a ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tion of Ital­ian Amer­i­cans. The Times-Tri­bune re­ported in Septem­ber 2010 that Marullo en­listed in the Army Na­tional Guard. He grad­u­ated from ba­sic com­bat training at Fort Jack­son in Columbia, South Carolina, ac­cord­ing to the news­pa­per.

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