Wounds two at headquarters before turning gun on himself, police say

OFFICER KILLS HIMSELF

July 17, 1991|By William B. Talbott and Frank D. Roylance | William B. Talbott and Frank D. Roylance,Evening Sun Staff

A 56-year-old Baltimore police officer, suspended yesterday for an alleged sex offense with a young person, shot two of his supervisors today before his suspension hearing at police headquarters, then turned the gun on himself, police said.

The suspended officer, a veteran of 27 years on the force, was killed. His supervisor, 59, suffered what was described as a grazing wound to the head.

The third officer, 41, was shot in the center of his chest. Witnesses nearby said they could hear him screaming, "Make the pain go away!"

All the wounded were taken to a hospital. Their names were withheld pending notification of their families.

The shooting occurred in the department's Central Records Division, on the fourth floor of the headquarters building on East Fayette Street.

The building was sealed off immediately after the shooting.

First word of the shooting came from police spokesman Dennis Hill, who reported that one of the officers "may have shot himself to death" after firing shots at two others. "One is shot in the chest. One is shot in the head; he'll be all right."

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