A Baltimore police worker has been fired after a background investigation failed to uncover a past firearms charge and the worker was identified as a ‘person of interest’ in a homicide is being investigated, Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said Wednesday.
Harrison said the person was hired as the head of tax services and was fired effective Tuesday.
The department identified the employee as Dana Lamar Antonio Hayes Jr. He could not immediately be reached for comment.
Harrison wouldn’t say which Hayes homicide investigation is linked to.
“It’s an ongoing investigation, but he’s a person of interest,” Harrison said, adding that Hayes has not been named a suspect and no warrant has been filed for his arrest.
Harrison confirmed that the individual has been on the city’s armed offenders registry since before he was hired.
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“He was arrested or was in the process of being put on the gun offender registry,” Harrison said.
“There was a background investigation and the human resources department did a background investigation,” Harrison said. “It was missed.”
Harrison said the homicide investigation was unrelated to the Gun Registry arrest.
Police arrested Hayes in December 2018 on multiple firearms charges, including possession of a stolen firearm, according to court documents obtained by The Sun. Officers were responding to reports of a large scuffle in the 200 block of W. Saratoga Street when a CitiWatch employee, monitoring the situation via a CCTV feed, told police they saw a person climb in a car with a gun.
Police stopped the car and found the gun at Hayes’ feet, according to court documents. The weapon, a Glock pistol, was allegedly stolen in Pennsylvania earlier that year, police wrote.
Baltimore Sun reporter Lee O. Sanderlin contributed to this article.
This article will be updated.