Officer was stabbed with ice pick before Saturday shooting

September 25, 1992|By Roger Twigg | Roger Twigg,Staff Writer

A drug-crazed man stabbed Officer Ira N. Weiner multiple times with an ice pick before he took the officer's pistol and shot him in the back of the head, according to the state medical examiner's office.

Officer Weiner, 28, was fatally wounded when he answered a call at a West Baltimore house on Saturday. Apparently, the Western District officer was unable to draw his 9mm Glock pistol because was overwhelmed by his assailant.

"If someone is coming at you with an ice pick, you are going to react. It probably distracted him to a degree that the person could have gotten his gun from him," said Tori Leonard, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office.

The officer's alleged assailant, Lewis Thomas Jr., 29, of the 500 block of N. Calhoun St., was killed by 16 bullets fired by four backup officers, according to an autopsy report.

The incident occurred at a house in the 1900 block of W. Mulberry St. Officer Weiner was dispatched to the house to investigate a report that a man who had been in a rage most of the night was creating a disturbance with an ice pick.

Once the officer entered the house, "it appears he was immediately attacked by Thomas," said Sam Ringgold, a police spokesman.

He said Mr. Thomas' aunt heard the struggle in the first-floor living room and a gunshot. She went downstairs and found her nephew sitting on top of Officer Weiner.

"He had the officer's gun in one hand and was stabbing him with the ice pick in the other hand," Mr. Ringgold said.

As backup officers entered the house, the suspect stood and fired one shot at them prompting a barrage of gunshots from one sergeant and three officers.

A preliminary autopsy showed that Officer Weiner, a four-year department veteran, suffered 16 puncture wounds to the back of the head, five to the left side of the head, six to the right side of the head, two to the left side of the back of the neck, and two to the left shoulder.

The officer also suffered four linear superficial cuts to the left side of the head and one to the top of the head "consistent with having been inflicted with an ice pick."

None of the 36 stab wounds was sufficient to cause the officer's death, according to the medical examiner's office.

After stabbing Officer Weiner, the assailant used the officer's handgun to shoot him in the back of the left side of the head, a wound that proved fatal, Ms. Leonard said. Additional stab wounds occurred after the shot, officials said.

An autopsy on Mr. Thomas showed that he was struck by 16 gunshots, eight of them to the torso and eight to the extremities.

Ms. Leonard said five of the bullets affected vital organs and caused severe internal bleeding.

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