'Tough cop' wounded in cocaine raid Officer shot twice in raid on Duncan Street.

April 24, 1991|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff

An Eastern District drug enforcement officer, described by colleagues as a "tough cop," was shot twice with a large-caliber handgun last night during a raid on a house in the 900 block of N. Duncan St.

Despite his wounds, police said, Officer Gerald Hensley managed to capture two suspects, holding them at gunpoint until help arrived.

Treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital for a gunshot wound to the upper left arm and a grazing wound to the upper back and released, Hensley, 29, an officer since November 1989, was relieved of duty indefinitely.

According to Officer Edward Bochniak, of the district's drug unit, Hensley was one of nearly a dozen uniformed and undercover police officers who raided a two-story house in the 900 block of N. Duncan St. about 6:30 p.m. Police had received information that the occupants were selling cocaine.

Bochniak said that when officers entered the house, two men ran upstairs. Hensley and Officer Richard Long followed.

When Hensley reached the top of the stairway, a man who had run into a bedroom fired three shots from a .357 Magnum revolver at nearly point-blank range, Bochniak said. One bullet grazed Hensley's back, another entered his upper left arm and a third went through his jacket.

Bleeding, Hensley fell into an adjoining bedroom that was occupied by two men, whom he covered with his gun and placed under arrest.

Three other people, including a woman, were arrested in the raid, police said. Police recovered 113 packets of suspected cocaine, a police scanner, records of narcotics transactions, cash and two handguns, including the Magnum.

Paul Lawrence Dargan, 33, of the Duncan Street address, was charged with the attempted murder of Hensley, using a handgun in the commission of a felony and multiple drug charges, police said.

Bochniak said Dargan was being held overnight at the Southeastern District pending a bail hearing today in District Court.

Bochniak said the following people were charged with multiple drug violations: Jerome Trent, 32, of the 2800 block of Ashland Ave.; Jesse Bells, 21, of the 1600 block of N. Broadway; William James Jackson, 24, of the 800 block of N. Castle St.; and Tonya Felder, 26, of the 6600 block of Moravia Road.

Police said Felder was held overnight at the Women's Detention Center, while Trent, Bells and Jackson were being held at the Eastern District. Bail hearings for all were set for today in District Court.

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