Shoot-out with police leaves man wounded

October 09, 1991|By Laura Lippman and William B. Talbott | Laura Lippman and William B. Talbott,Evening Sun Staff

A man was wounded early today in an exchange of gunfire with two city police officers in northwest Baltimore. The officers were uninjured.

Keith Merlin Polk, 26, of the 2300 block of Whittier Ave., was in serious condition at the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore. Police said a bullet entered his right buttock and then fractured his thigh bone, close to the joint socket.

Polk was under police guard at Shock-Trauma, and police said he would be charged upon release.

Police said Officer Michael D. McDonald was in the alley behind the 4800 block of Pimlico Road, waiting for a suspected drug deal to take place.

McDonald said a man approached him about 3:30 a.m., pulled a large handgun and said: "That would be the worst thing you could do with me." McDonald said he identified himself and told the man to drop the gun, but he fired at the officer, then fled as McDonald fired back.

Officer Troy Cooper, several houses away, saw the man fleeing and also began shooting. The gunman stumbled and fell, dropping his weapon. Police said he was reaching for it when Cooper fired one shot, striking him in the right buttock.

In all, McDonald fired 18 rounds, Cooper six and the gunman four, police said. A .44-caliber semi-automatic Magnum was recovered.

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