A 34-year-old man wearing a bullet-proof vest -- and who was wanted for allegedly killing his accomplice during a robbery attempt in January -- was shot yesterday by a Baltimore police officer following a street robbery in the city.
Randolph Edison of the 2500 block of West Lombard Street was taken to University of Maryland Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the lower abdomen. He was reported in stable condition last night.
Agent Arlene K. Jenkins, a police spokeswoman, said Mr. Edison was charged with assault with intent to murder, resisting arrest, theft, two counts of assault and robbery, and four handgun violations.
He is accused of robbing a man at gunpoint of about $150 just before 9 a.m. yesterday as the victim left a store in the 2000 block of Edmondson Avenue in West Baltimore.
Agent Jenkins said he allegedly then tried to rob another man, who fled down Edmondson Avenue and alerted Officer Jerome L. Grayson of the Western Police District.
The suspect and Officer Grayson, a 10-year veteran of the force, played a cat-and-mouse game between parked cars before the officer was able to confront him at gunpoint and take his .357-caliber Magnum handgun, which had been reported stolen last year in Baltimore County, police said.
Then, while Officer Grayson was waiting for other officers to arrive, the suspect jumped him and attempted to take his service revolver, police said.
The two grappled and fell to the ground as they battled for control of the officer's service revolver, the police reported.
The service revolver discharged during the fight, striking the gunman in the lower abdomen below the bullet-resistant vest he was wearing. He was then subdued and taken to the hospital.
The suspect was also charged in warrants with killing 16-year-old Ezell Brown of the first block of North Gilmor Street during a Jan. 10 robbery attempt that went awry outside a tavern on North Calverton Street, the police spokeswoman said. She said Mr. Edison apparently shot his accomplice while firing at someone he and the teen had tried to rob earlier and who'd fled. Police said Ezell Brown -- though mortally wounded -- managed to fire a few rounds at the intended robbery victim before running to Fayette Street and collapsing. He died at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.