An armed man believed to be in his late 20s was shot and wounded by a city police officer today while the two struggled on a West Baltimore street.
The unidentified wounded man was taken to University of Maryland Medical Center. His condition was unknown.
Police spokeswoman Agent Arlene Jenkins said the suspect was wearing a bulletproof vest and was shot once under the protective device.
Agent Jenkins gave this account:
Western District Officer Jerome Grayson was stopped on the street by two men shortly before 9 a.m. One of them complained that he had been robbed by an armed man.
Minutes later in the 500 block of N. Pulaski St., Officer Grayson confronted a suspect who matched the description provided him by one of the robbery victims.
Grayson suspected the man was armed and approached him with his 9mm semiautomatic pistol drawn. He also radioed for backup from other officers.
When the suspect reached into his pocket, the two men grappled and the man was shot. Police recovered a .357 Magnum revolver on the sidewalk.
Police could not immediately determine if the weapon had recently been fired.
The two men who originally complained to Officer Grayson were being interviewed by homicide detectives.
Officer Grayson also was being interviewed and will be placed on administrative leave.