D.C. officer visiting in West Baltimore is slain by gunmen Four other shootings wound one, kill three

October 16, 1990|By Roger Twigg

A 38-year-old correctional officer from Woodbridge, Va., who was in Baltimore yesterday with his girlfriend visiting friends, was shot to death during a robbery attempt, police said.

In other shootings yesterday and Sunday, an off-duty city police officer was wounded outside his West Baltimore home and three men were killed, including one who was shot by an officer, said Agent Arlene Jenkins, a police spokeswoman.

Officials gave the following details of the five shootings:

* Frank Durham III, 38, a correctional officer for the District of Columbia, died after being shot in the neck and chest about 5 a.m. yesterday, police said.

The shooting occurred after Mr. Durham and his girlfriend left a house in the 1300 block of West North Avenue, where they had been visiting friends, and got into Mr. Durham's car in the 2400 block of Woodbrook Avenue, according to police.

Two men, one of them carrying a handgun, walked up to the car and demanded money, police said. When Mr. Durham started to get out of the car, one of the men shot him.

The two assailants ran away without taking anything from the couple or injuring Mr. Durham's girlfriend, whom police would not name.

Mr. Durham was taken to University Hospital, where he died about 10 a.m., officials said.

Police are looking for two men about 20 years of age who escaped in an old light-green Chevrolet Impala.

* Off-duty Central District Officer Charles J. Carey was wounded in the right leg near his home in the 2000 block of North Fulton Avenue, police said.

Officer Carey, who has been on the force since August 1989, was walking near his house about 1 a.m. yesterday when a man in a car yelled, "What's up?" and then fired at him, according to police. The officer hid behind a car but was wounded when the man, thought to be in his 20s, drove past and fired several more shots.

Officer Carey said he fired six shots at the car, a recent model of a foreign vehicle that was either dark blue or black. He was treated at University Hospital and released last night.

* Officer Roscoe Lewis, 27, of the Western District was placed on administrative leave after fatally shooting Dwayne E. Tucker, 22, Sunday morning in the 100 block of North Eutaw Street, Agent Jenkins said.

Mr. Tucker, of New York, was shot once in the chest as he and Officer Lewis wrestled for a handgun found in a cab in which Mr. Tucker and a cousin had been riding, according to police. Another man had hailed the officer, saying he had been robbed.

* Donald William Randle, 44, was found mortally wounded on the sidewalk in the 3700 block of Egerton Road early yesterday.

Mr. Randle of the 2700 block of Woodland Avenue died about an hour later at Sinai Hospital, police said.

Witnesses said they heard gunshots and then saw Mr. Randle stagger and fall, according to police. They said another man stood over Mr. Randle. The man then tucked a gun into his waistband, climbed into a large, gray Oldsmobile and drove away, they said.

* The body of a 58-year-old man, Granville Louis Garnett of the 2700 block of Winchester Street, was found yesterday afternoon in his room at the Comfort Inn in the first block of West Franklin Street, police said.

Jackie Hoffert, 35, of the 800 block of Vine Street, was charged in the shooting yesterday afternoon. Police said the shooting resulted from an argument and that narcotics paraphernalia was found in the room.

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