Three are slain overnight in city Narcotics officer shoots suspect in East Baltimore.

May 31, 1991|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff

Three people were slain early today and last night in the city. One of them was shot by an undercover narcotics officer in East Baltimore.

Also early today, Baltimore County police in Essex found the body of a man who may have died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

In the city's Pimlico section, the body of a cab driver was found inside a taxi in the 2900 block of W. Belvedere Ave., police said. The apparent robbery victim had been stabbed several times, police said.

Police said a man was seen running from the cab about 2:45 a.m., carrying what appeared to be the cabbie's money bag.

The Diamond Cab driver apparently lost control of his vehicle during the attack and the taxi drifted several feet, coming to rest against the curb on the north side of the 2900 block of W. Belvedere Ave. near the fence that surrounds Pimlico Race Course.

The name of the cabbie was being withheld pending notification of his family, police said.

In East Baltimore around 10 p.m., undercover narcotics officers driving in the 1600 block of N. Durham St. noticed several males in an alley, apparently conducting a drug deal, police said.

Lt. Robert Stanton of the homicide squad said that when the men spotted the unmarked police car they bolted into the rear of a Durham Street house. The officers got out of the car and gave chase, Stanton said.

Stanton said Officer Gerald Hensley, 29, of the Eastern District's drug enforcement unit, was standing outside the back of the house when he saw a man standing in the kitchen holding a handgun.

"The man was illuminated by a kitchen light and it was easy to see he was armed," said Stanton.

Hensley warned his fellow officers that the man had a gun and ran to the front of the house in time to see a man flee the dwelling and run down the street, Stanton said. That man remains at large.

Turning back toward the house, Hensley reported he saw a second armed man standing in the front doorway.

Stanton said Hensley ordered the man to "freeze," but the man refused to drop the gun.

The gunman turned as though to shoot Hensley, Stanton said, but Hensley fired two shots from his 9mm handgun, striking the man in the right chest and right side.

The man, who so far remains unidentified, died shortly before midnight at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Stanton said.

The gun turned out to be a Tech-9 9mm semiautomatic with 22 rounds in the clip and one in the chamber, Stanton said.

Stanton said Hensley had returned to duty April 28 after he was shot twice during a raid in the 900 block of N. Duncan St. on April 23.

Following last night's shooting, police entered the house and arrested two adult males and a teen-ager, and confiscated a loaded .38-caliber revolver. A search of the house failed to turn up any drugs.

Stanton said the three suspects were to be charged with weapons violations and were being held at the Eastern District.

In southeast Baltimore, one man was killed and another seriously wounded in a fight between rival motorcycle gangs shortly after 10 p.m. outside a tavern at Haven and Lombard streets, police said.

Stanton said gunfire erupted during the fight between members of Fate's Assembly and the Pagans outside Lucky's Bar at S. Haven and E. Lombard streets.

Stanton said one man was rushed to Francis Scott Key Medical Center, where he died a short time later.

The wounded man, who also went to Key, had at least one gunshot wound, Stanton said.

Baltimore County police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found about 4:10 a.m. today in the first block of Byway North in Essex.

The man was pronounced dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. The state medical examiner's office in Baltimore was to perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Police have not ruled out homicide as a cause of death. They said a firearm was found near the body.

The man's name was withheld pending notification of relatives, police said.

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