Pipe bomb is thrown at police officer's home


November 05, 1992

BALTIMORE COUNTY — A pipe bomb lobbed onto the porch of a Baltimore County police officer's Essex house early today blew out several windows, but the officer, his mother and three young children escaped injury.

Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger, a police spokesman, said police knew of no motive for the blast, which occurred shortly after 5:30 a.m., and had no suspects.

"We can only assume that it is work-related," said Sergeant Doarnberger. "He does not work under cover, but he has had his share of arrests."

Police refused to identify the officer or provide his address. The house was placed under surveillance.

"Right now, they don't know why [it occurred]," the police spokesman said. "That's why there is so much fear."

Sergeant Doarnberger said the bombing occurred as the 34-year-old officer, who has been on the Baltimore County police force for 11 years; his mother; and a sister's three young children slept in the house. The children are 7, 6 and 3 years old. Neither the officer's wife nor his sister was home.

The officer's brother-in-law also is a Baltimore County police officer, but he, too, was away from the house when the blast occurred. Both officers are assigned to the Essex police district.

The pipe bomb -- similar to a stick of dynamite -- blew out several windows, but caused no fire, the spokesman said. No fire equipment was dispatched.

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