Armed man shot by police officer, critically injured

May 31, 1991|By S. M. Khalid

An unidentified 31-year-old man was listed in critical condition early this morning at Johns Hopkins Hospital after being shot by a narcotics officer in East Baltimore.

Police said the man was shot shortly after 10 p.m. when he raised a Tech 9mm semiautomatic gun while running out the front door of 1621 N. Durham St. with three other suspects. Plainclothes Officer Gerald Hensley shot the man twice in the chest.

Officer Hensley, 29, was uninjured. He had returned to active duty Wednesday after recovering from gunshot wounds he sustained in a drug raid April 23.

He was placed on administrative leave after last night's shooting pending a departmental investigation. Police said it was the first time in the officer's nearly two years on the force that he had fired on a suspect.

"It's a dangerous business," said Sgt. John Sieracki, who heads the Eastern District's drug enforcement unit. "Gerry's a little shaken up tonight, but he's going home."

Three suspects, all believed to be in their 20s, were arrested, and police said they would be charged with handgun violations. A .38-caliber revolver was found in the house.

Officer Richard Long III said the shooting occurred during a routine police patrol of the neighborhood, which is part of "Zone 4," identified by police as a high-drug area. They said they saw four men apparently conducting a drug transaction in the alley behind the house, drove up to it and chased the men into the building.

The 1600 block of North Durham Street was one of 40 sites targeted this month under the Eastern District's "Operation Clean Sweep," aimed at curbing drug trafficking.

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