Man aims at police, is killed Officer wounded in arm, finger

August 09, 1992|By Roger Twigg | Roger Twigg,Staff Writer

BALTIMORE CITY — Two city police officers shot and killed a man in his Northwest Baltimore neighborhood yesterday when he pointed a gun at them, according to police.

Officer Samuel F. Bosley 3rd, 24, received slight wounds to his right forearm and pinkie finger in the shooting, police said. He was treated at Sinai Hospital and released.

Two other men were slain in unrelated incidents during another night of violence in the city.

Agent Doug Price, a spokesman, said the police shooting occurred just after 5 a.m. when officers were summoned to a house in the 3500 block of W. Belvedere Ave. to investigate a report of a suspicious man.

When they arrived, they found a man resting on the porch with what appeared to be a glassine bag of cocaine, Agent Price said.

When four officers went to approach the man, the spokesman said, he pulled a gun and pointed it at them.

Two officers jumped from the porch. Unable to get out of the line of fire, Officers Bosley and Phillip R. McLeod, 25, of the Northwest District opened fire with their 9mm semiautomatic Glocks, the spokesman said.

The man, identified later as Andre Godwin, 20, of the 2800 block of Virginia Ave., was shot numerous times and pronounced dead at the scene. He lived about a mile from the scene of the shooting.

During the shooting, police believe Officer Bosley was struck either by the other officer's gunfire or by a ricocheting bullet.

A .25-caliber handgun taken from the dead man contained a full clip and did not appear to have been fired, police said.

Police said they took the glassine bag and a large amount of money from the dead man.

They do not know why Mr. Godwin, who carried no identification, was on the porch.

Someone in the neighborhood had called them to the house, they said.

Renaye Smith of the 3500 block of W. Belvedere Ave. had not called the police, but she said she heard the shooting. She said she had been awakened about an hour earlier by someone firing a gun behind the house. Police had no reports of shootings in the area at that time.

Ms. Smith, who has lived in the neighborhood for 25 years, said the crime "is too much. I'm telling you. At least when you couldn't sit in your front yard you could sit out back. Now you can't sit nowhere. . . . This crime has got to stop."

Police received a call about 1:30 a.m. for a shooting in the 2200 block of N. Ellamont St. and found Garth M. Mills, 23, of the 300 block of Tomkins Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y., lying dead with numerous gunshot wounds, Agent Price said.

Police said they have no motive or suspects.

About an hour later, police were alerted to a knifing in the 800 block of Lovegrove Alley and found an unidentified man in his 20s stabbed to death. Again they reported no motive or suspects.

Montgomery County

A 44-year-old man was killed early yesterday during an argument with his roommate.

The victim, George Wousa, died at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda at 1:53 a.m., about three hours after the stabbing, county police said.

They said the man's roommate, Sampson Kra-kow, was arrested at the apartment in the 8800 block of Lanier Drive, Silver Spring, and charged with first-degree murder.

Mr. Kra-kow, 36, was being held in the Montgomery County Detention Center without bond.

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