Baltimore officer fatally shoots theft suspect

April 15, 1992|By David Michael Ettlin | David Michael Ettlin,Staff Writer

A Baltimore police officer shot a purse-snatching suspect to death last night as he tried to subdue the man in an alley about three blocks north of Mount Vernon Place, authorities said.

The theft victim, 49-year-old Susan Broadbent, was entering the high-rise Regency Apartments at 1010 St. Paul St. through a rear door about 8:50 p.m. when she was robbed of her purse by two men, according to a city police spokesman, Sam Ringgold.

Fleeing half a block south in the alley, known as Lovegrove Street, the alleged thieves encountered the police officer as they reached the first block of East Eager Street.

One suspect managed to run past the policeman and escape, but the other was captured and pushed against a brick wall by the gun-wielding officer, Mr. Ringgold said.

"Apparently he fired intentionally," Mr. Ringgold said, explaining that the suspect "made some type of move . . . that the officer interpreted to be aggressive. Obviously, the officer felt threatened and he shot."

The bullet hit the suspect in his throat and he collapsed and died in the middle of Lovegrove Street, the stolen purse at his side, Mr. Ringgold said.

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