Fugitive dies in gunbattle Police think wound was self-inflicted

September 24, 1991|By S. M. Khalid

A fugitive wanted for murder who was on Maryland's 10 Most Wanted list was killed last night in gunfire on the cellar stairway of an East Baltimore row house.

An FBI agent was wounded, and a city police detective was injured.

The fugitive, identified by police as Andre E. Lunn, 35, of the 2700 block of Edmondson Avenue and the 200 block of North Duncan Street, had been holed up for about two hours in the basement of a row house in the 1300 block of Wirton Street, surrounded by FBI and city police officers who had gotten a tip that he was there.

Mr. Lunn had been a fugitive for about two years after he failed to appear in court to face homicide and federal handgun charges in the slaying of 34-year-old Steven Henry Jones. Mr. Jones was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head behind a supermarket on Sinclair Lane in Northeast Baltimore on Aug. 9, 1989.

Police spokesman Dennis S. Hill said police and FBI agents went to the house about 7:20 p.m. When they knocked on the front door, a resident told them the fugitive was in the cellar. Police cordoned off the area and tried to talk Mr. Lunn into surrendering. The fugitive refused to leave the cellar and tried to persuade officers to talk with him downstairs.

Just before 9 p.m., a police negotiation team arrived and took position on the first floor of the house.

Finally, about 9 p.m., Mr. Lunn started up the cellar stairway.

"We thought he was going give himself up. He was coming up the steps and opened fire," said Eastern District Commander Alvin A. Winkler, who was inside the house at the time of the shooting. "There was a lot of shooting, but not a lot of police shooting."

Caught by surprise, an unidentified FBI agent was wounded in the foot by the fugitive, who fired at least eight shots from his Swedish-made Glock 9mm semiautomatic handgun -- similar to the weapons now carried by city police. City police Detective David E. Webb also was injured when dove for cover.

Police returned fire, and Mr. Lunn's body was found a short time later at the foot of the stairs.

Mr. Hill said that although Mr. Lunn appeared to have been hit at least twice by return gunfire, preliminary results from the police investigation indicate the fugitive may have taken his own life.

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