A 24-year-old man was shot and wounded early yesterday after he turned and fired at two Baltimore police officers who were chasing him in West Baltimore, the police said.
Clarence Hawkins of the first block of Brubar Court, Gwynn Oak, was shot in the right arm and taken to University Medical Center, where he was treated and released to the custody of the police.
Lt. Robert M. Stanton of the homicide unit said the incident began about 5:30 a.m. when the police responded to a report of a family being held at gunpoint in a house in the 500 block of Sanford Place, off Pennsylvania Avenue.
When the police arrived, they found two men on the first floor of the house holding several people at gunpoint. Additional officers were then summoned to surround the house.
According to the police, Officers Phillip W. Sexton, 43, and Gabriel O. Bewley, 23, entered the building with their guns drawn as the two suspects fled out the rear.
Both men jumped a fence in the yard. One ran down the alley, but the other turned and fired a shot at the two pursuing officers. The shot struck a door jamb just inches from Officer Sexton's waist, police said.
They said Officer Sexton, a 21-year veteran of the Police Department, then fired four quick shots from his 9mm handgun. The suspect was hit once in the upper left shoulder.
The wounded man then dropped his .38-caliber handgun and ran down the alley and into a house where he was arrested after a brief struggle, Lieutenant Stanton said.
The second suspect, Sixto Danois, 23, of the 5700 block of Old Court Road, was arrested in the alley after he threw his .38-caliber handgun in some bushes, police said.
Both suspects were charged with assault with intent to murder two police officers, assault by pointing a handgun, burglary and two handgun violations, police said.