Man dies was shot by police while riding in speeding car Driver refused to stop. Victim was passenger in car.

March 23, 1992|By Robert Hilson Jr. and William B. Talbott | Robert Hilson Jr. and William B. Talbott,Staff Writers

A 34-year-old man who was shot in the head last week when a car in which he was a passenger tried to run down a city police sergeant has died from his wounds.

Sgt. Paul L. Abell Jr. fired on the car when the driver refused to stop.

Abe O'Neil Leslie of the 900 block of Nottingham Road in southwest Baltimore died shortly after noon Saturday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Police said the shooting occurred about 11 p.m. Thursday when a car driven by David Arthur Cuthrell tried to run down Sergeant Abell after he noticed the car stopped with its lights out in a known drug area in the 500 block of Denison St.

As the sergeant approached from the rear, the car sped in reverse at him. The sergeant yelled for the driver to stop before firing four shots at the vehicle.

The vehicle finally crashed into a house, jamming the car doors. Both Mr. Leslie and Mr. Cuthrell had to be extricated from the vehicle. Two bags of marijuana were found on Mr. Cuthrell, police said.

Mr. Cuthrell, 23, of the 200 block of Hillenwood Road, suffered head and facial cuts when gunshots shattered the windshield. He was treated at Shock-Trauma and released. He has been charged with attempted murder, assault and narcotics violations.

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