Police officer wounded, assailant is shot dead Man wrestled gun from one officer, then shot another

November 12, 1992|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Staff Writer

Police shot and killed a 29-year-old East Baltimore man wa shot to death by police last night after he shot a Southeastern District policeman in the abdomen with another officer's gun.

The man, Deno Gutridge, father of a young son, was pronounced dead in front of 202 Fagley St., from at least four gunshot wounds to the head and upper body.

Southeastern District Sgt. Frederick Dillon was shot in the abdomen and listed in critical but stable condition at the Maryland Shock-Trauma Center. Sergeant Dillon, 42, has a wife and children, and has been a policeman for 20 years.

Police believe Mr. Gutridge may have been agitated by a news report on television about a South Baltimore youth who was beaten during an attempted robbery at North Avenue and St. Paul Street. Mr. Gutridge was visibly upset over the incident, said witnesses.

According to police, the victim in the beating was struck with a cane inside a fast-food restaurant by youths trying to rob his friend of a jacket.

Police and witnesses said Mr. Gutridge walked into Rico's bar at Pratt and Haven streets shortly after 11 p.m. and ordered a beer.

James Nail, 26, of the 900 block of S. Decker Ave., said he was in the bar when Mr. Gutridge entered.

"He was carrying on real strange-like and was drinking the beer hunched over at the bar," said Mr. Nail, "when he began talking loud about a teen-ager who was attacked and beaten by several other kids earlier in the day at North Avenue and St. Paul St."

He kept saying there was blood all over the inside of the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant."

Around 11:20 p.m., Mr. Gutridge left the bar, slamming the door behind him. Mr. Gutridge, said neighbors, often stayed with his grandmother at her Fagley Street home.

Shortly before 11:25 p.m., according to police, a man later identified as Mr. Gutridge dialed 911 from his home and reported he had been cut with a knife.

When the 911 operator called back to verify the address, no one answered.

Sergeant Dillon and officers Nicholas Louloudis and Reginald Robey responded to the call.

When they arrived, they encountered Mr. Gutridge. Police said he was armed with two large knives and bleeding from what appeared to be self-inflicted knife wounds.

Police said the officers were talking to Mr. Gutridge when he threatened them, then threw one of the knives at the officers.

In an ensuing struggle, police said Mr. Gutridge lunged for Officer Loulouidis' Glock 9mm handgun, and managed to wrestle it away. He then shot Sergeant Dillon at least once in the lower abdomen just below his bullet-proof vest.

Police aren't sure what happened next. They think Officer Robey opened fire with his handgun, firing at least eight rounds and hitting Mr. Gutridge four times.

An ambulance crew pronounced Mr. Gutridge dead at the scene.

A second ambulance took Sergeant Dillon to Shock Trauma.

Frank Coccia, 74, of the 200 block of Fagley St., said he and his wife, Dawn, were watching TV shortly after 11 p.m. when they heard several gunshots.

"They went bam, bam, bam, bam," he said.

About an hour after Mr. Gutridge was killed, his brother arrived. "I last saw him a few days ago," said the brother. He said his brother was in the construction business. The shooting is under investigation by the homicide squad.

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