Off-duty city police officer shoots man at gas station Arundel incident follows argument between the two

November 16, 1992|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Staff Writer

An off-duty Baltimore police officer shot and seriously wounded a Glen Burnie man early today during a dispute outside a Crown gas station in Glen Burnie, police said.

Anne Arundel County police said John W. Calvert, 26, was shot in the left side of the chest outside John's Crown station in the 7900 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. He was flown by a State Police helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he underwent surgery.

Mr. Calvert, of the 1000 block of Sunnybrook Drive, owns a pizza shop on Furnace Branch Road, near the service station, police said.

Details of the shooting were not immediately available, but Lt. Russell Hewitt of the county's Northern District said Officer Charles Arthur Dawkins, 38, a foot patrolman at the city's Eastern District, who was in civilian clothes, became involved in an argument with the apparent unarmed man near the station's gas pumps about 2:15 a.m.

"We know there were words between the two men," said Lieutenant Hewitt, "but right now we don't know what caused the argument."

He said there was no evidence the men were fighting.

John Balk, owner of the Crown station, said several six-packs of soft drinks on display outside the station's pay booth were spilled on the pavement when he arrived to relieve the overnight attendant, William Maminski, 23, who witnessed most of the incident.

"It looks like someone was fight ing or doing something out there," Mr. Balk said.

He said both men had transacted business at the booth's cash window before the argument broke out.

During the exchange of words, said Lieutenant Hewitt, Officer Dawkins pulled out his 17-shot 9mm Glock semiautomatic pistol and fired one shot at Mr. Calvert.

Mr. Balk said Mr. Maminski was inside the booth during the argument and heard a gunshot.

"Bill [Mr. Maminski] ran to the back of the booth when he heard the shot and didn't come out to the front until he heard the officer telling him to dial 911," said Mr. Balk.

Moments later, a county fire department ambulance arrived and took the wounded man to a field near Glen Burnie High School, where he was placed aboard the helicopter.

Lieutenant Hewitt said no charges had been placed against Officer Dawkins.

Officer Dawkins has been on the city force 15 years.

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