Suspect with Magnum shoots at officer Sergeant not hurt, but gunman flees BALTIMORE CITY

February 02, 1993|By Michael James | Michael James,Staff Writer

A man armed with a .357-caliber Magnum revolver opened fire yesterday on a city police officer who was investigating a street robbery in the Pimlico area of Northwest Baltimore, police reported.

The officer fired three shots at the gunman. Neither the officer nor the gunman was wounded during the shootout. The suspect escaped on foot after ditching his gun and the dark coat he was wearing, police said.

The incident began about 1 p.m. when a woman was robbed at gunpoint on Pimlico Road near Wylie Avenue, police said. She described the robber as a black male between age 18 and 22, about 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds and wearing a dark coat with a Malcolm X baseball cap, police said.

Minutes later, Sgt. John B. Thompson, 27, saw a man matching the robber's description at the corner of Pimlico Road and Quantico Avenue, about five blocks from the robbery scene.

The sergeant pulled over and got out of his car and the suspect produced the .357-caliber Magnum and fired four shots, said Doug Price, a city police spokesman.

One of the patrol car's windows was shattered by a bullet, Mr. Price said.

Sergeant Thompson took cover behind the car and fired three shots, before the suspect turned and ran off, Mr. Price said.

The sergeant is a seven-year veteran assigned to the Northwestern District.

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