City police officers who returned fire after being shot at killed one man and wounded another in separate incidents over the weekend.
The man killed was shot after he fired a .357-caliber Magnum handgun at an officer who demanded that he place his hands in the air during a domestic dispute in East Baltimore, police said.
Nathaniel Anthony Hayes, 25, of the 900 block of N. Montford Ave., was pronounced dead in the 800 block of N. Washington St. yesterday afternoon from a single gunshot wound to the chest fired by Officer Howard G. Smith, 41, said police spokeswoman Arlene Jenkins.
Jenkins said Smith, a five-year police veteran, had received three calls from residents in a house in the 800 block of N. Washington St. that an irate man was armed with a handgun after a dispute between the man and his wife.
"I don't know what they were arguing about," Jenkins said. Hayes' estranged wife, Christine, 18, lives in the Washington Street rowhouse.
Jenkins said residents called shortly after 2 p.m. to report that Hayes had threatened to harm his wife.
After the officer arrived and began explaining to Hayes' wife how she could get a warrant, Smith was told Hayes was possibly at another location. He went there, but there was no sign of Hayes.
Meanwhile, Smith received another call that Hayes had returned to his wife's home. Smith returned and spotted Hayes outside.
"He pulls up at the door and sees the suspect sitting on the steps, believed armed with a gun," Jenkins said. "The officer orders him to place his hands in the air. The suspect goes into his waistband and pulls a .357 Magnum handgun."
The man fired one shot at Smith and missed, Jenkins said.
Smith returned fire, striking Hayes once in the chest, killing him, Jenkins said.
Hayes' pistol was recovered at the scene, police said.
Jenkins said the police internal investigation division will review the shooting.
She said Smith has been placed on administrative duty, routine procedure in shootings involving police officers.
A neighbor who asked not to be identified said Hayes and his wife were arguing about Christmas toys.
"After the argument, he said, 'Uh-huh, I'll be right back.' " When he returned, Hayes had a handgun, the neighbor said.
The other shooting took place about 10:15 p.m. Saturday when an officer wounded the driver of a stolen car.
Police said Officer Joseph Brown stopped the car after it ran a red light at Edmondson and Athol avenues. While Brown, 38, of the Southwestern District, was back at his patrol car confirming information about the driver, the car sped south on Athol Avenue, police said.
Brown followed as the driver ran a red light at Old Frederick Road and one at Frederick Road, police said. At Mount St. Joseph High School off Frederick Road, the stolen Toyota hit a curb and backed into Brown's police car.
The passenger and the driver began running. The passenger fired a pistol at the officer, and the driver motioned as if he were grabbing for a gun, police said.
Brown returned fire, hit the driver in the buttocks and arrested him. The passenger escaped.
The wounded man was identified as Lonnie Nixon, 22, of the 600 block of Pitcher St. He was treated at University of Maryland Medical Center. He was charged with unauthorized use of a car and traffic violations and was being held at the Southwestern police station pending a bail review hearing today.