Shot stops vehicle headed straight for officer at Woodlawn High School.


September 23, 1991|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Evening Sun Staff

A Baltimore County policeman today shot in the chest and killed a man who police say drove a vehicle straight at two officers who were responding to a possible car theft on the grounds of Woodlawn High School.

The 19-year-old was taken to St. Agnes Hospital, where he was later declared dead. His name was not immediately available.

Police spokesman E. Jay Miller said officers in a precinct patrol car had noticed a four-wheel-drive vehicle, containing three young men, enter the parking lot of the school and stop next to a yellow Mustang just before 10 this morning.

One man got out of the vehicle and into the Mustang, and after a few minutes returned to the four-wheel drive vehicle, Miller said.

Suspecting a possible car-theft attempt, the officers called for backups and blocked the exit from the school lot onto Woodlawn Drive.

With three other police cars arriving at the school, the driver of the four-wheel-drive vehicle took off across the school's athletic fields toward Gwynn Oak Avenue and stopped, Miller said.

Two officers approached on foot, guns drawn, as the vehicle circled a tree six times. As the officers neared it, the vehicle stopped circling and came straight for them, the officers reported. Four-year veteran Officer Timothy Mitchem, 29, then fired at the windshield and hit the driver in the chest, police said.

After the vehicle stopped, the other two men, 20 and 17, were arrested, but have not yet been charged.

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