Off-duty officer wounds youth, 15 Teen was in car near officer's home in Balto. County.

December 10, 1991|By Joe Nawrozki and William B. Talbott | Joe Nawrozki and William B. Talbott,Evening Sun Staff

An off-duty city police officer shot and wounded a 15-year-old in Woodlawn after a car occupied by the teen-ager accelerated toward him last night outside the officer's home, according to the policeman.

The youth was listed in stable condition today at Sinai Hospital with a leg wound. He was not identified because he is a juvenile and has not been charged with a crime.

Baltimore County police said Officer Kirk R. Fleet, a 17-year veteran assigned to the city's Northwestern District, reported he was in his home shortly before 10 p.m. when he heard a noise in the driveway.

Fleet told police he saw someone next to his 1992 Isuzu truck in the driveway and grabbed his 9mm service weapon.

Police said Fleet ordered the young man to freeze but the intruder ran to a 1989 gold Hyundai occupied by two others. The car veered toward him, Fleet said, and he fired five rounds, four of which hit the driver's-side door.

The angle of those bullets could not be determined, said county police spokesman Sgt. Stephen Doarnberger.

The Hyundai sped off but was found by county police about 15 minutes later on Bedford Road near the Milford Mill Metro Station. The wounded teen-ager was in the car there and said he was shot by a man who made racist remarks to him.

The youth was taken to the hospital and another 15-year-old was taken into custody. A third teen-ager is being sought.

Fleet will be on administrative leave with pay pending the investigation by the county state's attorney's office and city police Internal Investigation Division.

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