Bail denied to shootout suspect Officer was wounded in gun battle

February 23, 1993|By JoAnna Daemmrich | JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff Writer

A district judge denied bail yesterday to a 20-year-old man charged in a shootout with four Annapolis police officers in a cramped apartment they were searching for drugs.

Daryl LaMonte Jones, an unemployed Bowie resident, was ordered to remain in jail without bail on four counts of attempted murder stemming from the shootout with city police early Friday morning.

"I don't think there is any question that you are a danger to society," Judge Joseph P. Manck told Mr. Jones.

A decorated 14-year police veteran was wounded and three other officers narrowly escaped injury when a gunman opened fire in the apartment in Town Pines Court, a low-income housing complex at Clay and West Washington streets.

Cpl. James Doran, 37, a leader of the Annapolis Special Emergency Team, was hit in the abdomen and left thigh. He was in good condition yesterday at Anne Arundel Medical Center, a spokeswoman said.

A preliminary internal review has found that the tactical squad followed all procedures properly, said Lt. Russell Hall. The investigation is continuing, as is a routine review by the state's attorney's office and another one by the police internal affairs unit.

Armed with a search warrant after conducting an undercover drug buy, five members of the tactical squad tried to force open the apartment's side door about 1:18 a.m. Friday. The door was barricaded with a stick of wood and had to be rammed open, Lieutenant Hall said.

One of the officers went into the kitchen to take a man into custody, while Corporal Doran and Sgt. Paul Gibbs went to search two rooms at the end of the hall.

Corporal Doran was questioning a man in the bathroom when Sergeant Gibbs forced open the bedroom door and was confronted by gunfire.

A shot from a revolver struck Sergeant Gibbs' protective vest, and he staggered backward. Two bullets hit Corporal Doran, who was standing in the bathroom entrance, as Sergeant Gibbs dropped down and returned fire.

Officer Terry Shea came up the hall, protecting himself with a shield, and Officer Wilbur Strickland ducked past to go into the living room and take two women into custody, Lieutenant Hall said.

The two officers had to move warily to avoid being shot in the narrow hall.

A bullet pierced the drywall in the bedroom and struck the protective gear of Officer Strickland, who was in the adjacent living room. It was unclear yesterday whether the bullet was fired by the gunman or the police officers.

Annapolis Police Chief Harold Robbins has credited the team's training and equipment for saving its members' lives. The wall between the bedroom and living room was hit repeatedly as about two dozen shots were exchanged between the gunman and police.

Mr. Jones was treated for gunshot wounds in his shoulder and left forearm at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

He appeared with his arm in a sling yesterday during the bail hearing, conducted via two-way television hookup with Judge Manck.

Mr. Jones, who agreed to be represented by the public defender's office, had little to say during the hearing.

According to charging documents filed in District Court, he said he opened fire because he didn't realize the men swarming inside the apartment were police officers.

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