BALTIMORE COUNTY — Girl, 8, found safe after abduction scare
An 8-year-old girl who residents of a Rosedale community thought had been abducted Sunday was found unharmed yesterday, Baltimore County police said.
Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger, a police spokesman, said the girl was never abducted. Contrary to earlier reports, Sergeant Doarnberger said, the girl's mother and a male companion picked her up at Neighbors and Boaz avenues, the site of the alleged abduction.
Yesterday, police determined that three youngsters who reported an abduction confused two situations: Three men rode through the neighborhood on their bikes, and a half-hour later, the girl's mother took her home because she was having a hard time riding a pair of skates.
Off-duty trooper kills man in gunfight
An off-duty Maryland state trooper shot and killed a man last night during a gunbattle in Northwest Baltimore that left the trooper with a gunshot wound to his leg, state police said.
Trooper Eric Claxton, 29, killed the unidentified man after he saw the man open fire on a third person in an alley off the intersection of Wabash and Belle avenues, said Chuck Jackson, a spokesman for the Maryland state police.
Trooper Claxton, an undercover officer with the fugitive warrant section, was at a service station pay phone next to the alley shortly after 10 p.m. when he saw the gunman open fire, Mr. Jackson said. He identified himself and then drew his 9mm service pistol.
The two men traded shots. Trooper Claxton, a nine-year veteran, was grazed in the leg.
The unidentified man staggered up the alley and collapsed on Wabash Avenue, Mr. Jackson said.
The third man, who may have been shot in the buttocks, fled.
Drive-by shooting seriously injures 2
A drive-by shooting in Harford County last night left two men seriously injured, the Harford County Sheriff's Department said.
The men, Sean O. Thompson and John W. Johnson III, were standing in the parking lot of the Perrywood Garden Apartments complex in the 200 block of Perrywood Drive in Perryman when a silver Honda Accord drove up and several shots were fired from the car about 10:25 p.m., said Deputy DeWayne Curry, a sheriff's department spokesman.
Mr. Johnson, who was hit in the head, was in critical condition, and Mr. Thompson, who was struck in the back, was in fair condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.