Officer shoots knife-wielder Balto. Co. police say man lunged at 4 officers.

December 23, 1991|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff

Baltimore County police shot a man who threatened four officers with a knife, Baltimore County police say today.

Michael Hubert Keener, 22, of the 200 block of St. Helena Ave., was listed today in stable condition at the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore, police said. Keener was charged with assault with intent to murder and related offenses.

Police gave this account of the incident:

Keener, who had been drinking at a Dundalk-area bar, went to his mother's home at 282 St. Helena Ave. about 7 p.m. yesterday for dinner.

During the meal, he got into an argument with his mother and her boyfriend and destroyed some property in the house.

Keener, who lives on the same block as his mother, armed himself with a knife and a club-like stick and left the house. When several officers from the North Point District arrived at the scene, Keener told them they would have to kill him before he killed them.

After threatening the officers, Keener lunged at acting Lt. Michael Peters, who fired five shots from his 9mm Glock semi-automatic handgun, hitting Keener in both legs and in the side.

A State Police Med-Evac helicopter flew Keener to the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore.

None of the officers was injured.

Lt. Anthony Deares, of the North Point District, said several witnesses said Keener was advancing on Peters with the knife and that Peters shot Keener in self-defense.

Deares said Peters will be off duty for a few days. He said the incident is being investigated by the homicide squad.

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