Drug suspect, recent parolee, shot by police 2 officers disarm man allegedly wielding gun

January 16, 1992|By Roger Twigg HC

A 37-year-old parolee suspected of participating in a drug transaction in West Baltimore was shot yesterday after he allegedly pointed a revolver at two police officers trying to arrest him, authorities said.

James Norman Murphy Jr. of the 200 block of North Monastery Avenue was reported in serious but stable condition at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Agent Arlene K. Jenkins, a police spokeswoman, said the incident occurred just before 2:30 a.m. when Officers Darrel L. Oxyer, 28, and Patricia A. Mitchell, 22, witnessed an apparent drug deal between two men in a car at Calverton Road and Wheeler Avenue.

The area is known for drug trafficking and was the scene of two fatals shootings in recent weeks.

One of the men drove off and the other ran into an alley. When the two officers spotted the man in a pile of trash, Agent Jenkins said, he pointed a handgun at them.

As the officers grappled for control of the handgun, Officer Oxyer drew his 9mm Glock pistol and shot the suspect in the chest. Officers recovered a loaded .32-caliber pistol and a vial of cocaine, police said.

Murphy, who was released on parole Dec. 23 after serving part of a 12-year prison sentence for a 1985 armed robbery conviction, has been charged with two counts of assault with intent to murder, handgun violations and a narcotics offense. He was under police guard at the hospital last night.

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