4 arrested, AK-47 assault rifle seized in drug raids Weapon found at apartment on Milton Avenue

October 23, 1992|By Michael James | Michael James,Staff Writer

Police arrested four people yesterday in drug raids around the city, and also seized an AK-47 assault rifle possibly used two months ago by a sniper who fired on 10 police officers outside a high-rise project on South Exeter Street.

The AK-47, which had a bayonet attached, was seized at 10:30 a.m. yesterday after city and Housing Authority police raided an apartment in the 1100 block of Milton Ave. in West Baltimore, said Bill Toohey, a city Housing Authority spokesman.

The rifle is believed to have been the weapon used Aug. 20 by a sniper who started firing from an upper floor at Flag House Courts, pinning down the officers on the street below, authorities said.

Officers received a tip about the weapon from a resident of Flag House, who came forward after a shooting incident at the project yesterday, Mr. Toohey said.

An unidentified man was shot in the leg, apparently by the AK-47, Mr. Toohey said.

"The tip we got was that it was the same gun used in the sniper incident. . . . It was decided then and there that it was time to bring that weapon in," Mr. Toohey said.

Other raids were conducted at an apartment in the first block of North Woodington Road and two apartments at the Flag House development. Seized in those raids were an AR-9 -- which police described as a 9mm machine pistol -- a bulletproof vest, unspecified quantities of cocaine and $1,400.

Police said they will be doing ballistics tests on the AK-47 to determine whether it was in fact the gun used in the Aug. 20 sniper incident.

None of the 10 police officers was struck in that incident, but an armored vehicle -- borrowed from Prince George's County -- was needed to rescue them.

Mr. Toohey said it is unknown why the sniper was firing at the officers, who had been making a drug arrest on the street just prior to the incident.

Arrested at the Milton Avenue apartment was Roderick Greene, 23, police said. The others arrested yesterday are Cleveland Thomas, 38, who lives at Flag House; Tiraria Swann, 20, of the first block of North Woodington Road; and Myrtle Williamson, 24, no known address, police said. All were charged with drug and handgun violations.

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