Burglary suspect found still alive after EMT medics pronounced him dead

By Calvin Palmer

A burglary suspect shot by a Baltimore police officer, and declared dead by emergency medical treatment medics, lay on the floor of a convenience store for 30 minutes until someone noticed he was still alive.

Medics pronounced Michael Quarles, 51, dead at the scene after he was shot in the head.

Chief Kevin Cartwright, a Fire Department spokesman, said an investigation is being conducted to determine what happened.

Cartwright declined to identify the medics involved but said they have been reassigned pending the outcome of the investigation and that they could face a permanent change in assignment.

Quarles was shot around 4:30 a.m. on Saturday when police responded to a burglary at Shon’s Food Market in West Arlington.

One officer fired at least one shot from his .40-caliber Glock handgun when Quarles lunged at officers with what appeared to be a knife, hitting him in the head. The ‘weapon’ later turned out to be a screwdriver.

Medics were called, pronounced Quarles dead and returned to their station, Cartwright said. But 30 minutes later, police observed the man either moving or making sounds and requested the same medics return.

Quarles was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and remains in a critical condition.

[Based on reports by The Baltimore Sun and Associated Press.]

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