Wounded officer was attempting to arrest 3 men

September 22, 1992|By Michael James | Michael James,Staff Writer

A police officer who was shot in the head and critically wounded Friday at a public housing high-rise was attempting to arrest his three alleged assailants for possession of cocaine, but one of the men overpowered him and took his gun, court records show.

Officer James E. Young Jr., 26, was walking down the stairs from an upper floor at the Flag House Courts high-rise when he spotted the three men on the third-floor landing, holding a quantity of cocaine, according to District Court records.

The officer, who had gone to the building in response to a call concerning a man armed with a gun -- approached the three men and attempted to arrest them on narcotics charges, according to a statement submitted by a police detective.

Officer Young took a package of cocaine from one of the suspects, identified as Sean Lamont Little, 21, the statement says.

Mr. Little, who lives in the building in the 100 block of S. Exeter St., began struggling with Officer Young, whose partner was at the other side of the building at the time, it says.

The two other suspects -- Kevin Lamont Green, 23, of the 200 block of N. Colvin St., and Vernon Silver, 16, of the 2400 block of Callow Ave. -- began to leave the third-floor area while the two men struggled, according to the statement.

"The struggle continues on the third-floor tier with Officer Young and Sean Little grasping for control of the officer's 9mm handgun," the statement says. "Sean Little gains control of the weapon and fires one shot, striking Officer Young in the back of the head."

Seconds later, Mr. Silver and Mr. Green returned to the area and allegedly were seen taking Officer Young's money and the package of cocaine the officer had confiscated, the statement says.

The officer went into cardiac arrest at the scene but was revived by paramedics and a fellow officer.

At the time the statement was submitted, Officer Young was in grave condition and his prognosis for survival was listed as poor. He was in critical condition yesterday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, but doctors expect him to survive.

Each of the three men was charged with attempted murder, use of a handgun in a crime of violence, possession of a handgun and armed robbery.

A District Court judge ordered that Mr. Little be held without bail yesterday and that Mr. Green and Mr. Silver be held on $200,000 bail each. All three remained at the city Detention Center last night.

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