Sniper at project fires at 2 police officers Officers were arresting 2 when attacked.

April 10, 1991|By Richard Irwin and Alisa Samuels | Richard Irwin and Alisa Samuels,Evening Sun Staff

A sniper fired at two undercover officers who had arrested two people outside a public housing high-rise in Baltimore.

Neither Southeastern District narcotics Officer Dorsey McVicker and Officer Jerry McClarin, of the housing authority police, nor the suspects were wounded yesterday.

But Jacqueline Weaver, 23, of the 1000 block of Orleans St., who was walking nearby, received a grazing wound to the shoulder, police said. She was treated at Church Hospital and released.

About 3:45 p.m at Lafayette Courts public housing complex, McVicker and McClarin arrested a 17-year-old resident of the 1200 block of E. Preston St., on charges of possession of cocaine.

A man in a crowd that had gathered threw rocks at the officers, who arrested Ronald Gerald, 19, of the 1000 block of Orleans St., and charged him with assault.

As the officers drove out of the courtyard, someone inside 125 N. Colvin St. fired at least four shots at the vehicle, one bullet hitting the rear passenger side. A search of the building failed to turn up a suspect or a weapon.

Police, however, received information that a 23-year-old man known as "Reg" had fired the shots. He is being sought.

The teen-ager who was arrested was charged with delinquency in the cocaine possession case and was released in the custody of his parents, police said. Gerald was held overnight pending a bail hearing before a District Court commissioner, police said.

Early yesterday, police in Baltimore County arrested three aliens and a Baltimore man who allegedly operated a ring that brought two kilograms of cocaine a week into Maryland.

Police said the four met at a Pikesville motel early yesterday to conduct a drug buy and Michael Eric Simmons, 32, of the 5500 block of Bowleys Lane in the city, paid the three men $20,000 for a kilo of cocaine.

Police said that afterward officers in an unmarked car followed Simmons into Baltimore, where he was arrested about 1 a.m. on Penhurst Avenue. Police said they recovered the cocaine and $5,000 in cash from an athletic bag in Simmons' car.

County police in another unmarked car arrested the other suspects about 1:30 a.m. on northbound Interstate 95 and recovered $20,000.

Pedro Cesar Estevez, 35; Bernardo Esteven Puente, 29; and Franklin Sulle Tovar, 27, all natives of the Dominican Republic, each were charged with distribution of cocaine, police said.

Simmons has been charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, Miller said. All four are being held at the Wilkens Station, awaiting bail hearings.

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