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Police release ID of off-duty Baltimore officer who fatally shot man he said tried to rob him

Anne Arundel County Police have identified a Baltimore police officer who shot and killed a man he said tried to rob him with what turned out to be a toy gun.

Police spokesman Lt. Ryan Frashure said in a news release Monday that Baltimore Officer John Bilheimer shot and killed 32-year-old Edel Cato Moreland early Saturday.

Frashure says Moreland confronted Bilheimer in Linthicum Heights, pulled a gun and announced a robbery. Officers say Bilheimer, who was off-duty and not in uniform, shot Moreland with his service weapon. Moreland was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say the weapon found at the scene was a realistic-looking toy gun.

Frashure says an autopsy showed Moreland was shot four times.

Bilheimer, an 18-year veteran with the special operations section, is on administrative leave, Frashure says.