Police shoot, kill pistol-wielding man BALTIMORE CITY

April 06, 1993|By Roger Twigg | Roger Twigg,Staff Writer

A 43-year-old man wearing a woman's nightgown was fatally shot early yesterday after he pointed a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun at officers who were trying to question him about a shooting.

Ronald Veronica Spinnicchio of the 1000 block of Dartmouth Road in North Baltimore, was pronounced dead at 1:30 a.m. at Sinai Hospital, police said. He had been hit in the face, neck and left shoulder by one blast from a 12-gauge shotgun.

Northern District Officer Paul D. Coursey, 33, an 11-year veteran who shot Mr. Spinnicchio, has been assigned to administrative duties while the incident is investigated, a routine action, police said.

Agent Doug Price, a police spokesman, said the incident began about 12:20 a.m. when a man called police from a Super Fresh food market in the 6300 block of York Road to report that his "girlfriend" had shot at him during a dispute.

When police went to the market, Colgate McShane, 43, of the 400 block of Wingate Road, showed them that his 1987 Mitsubishi pickup truck had 10 bullet holes in it, Agent Price said.

The spokesman said Mr. McShane told police that his friend was drunk and had shot at the truck when Mr. McShane left the friend's first-floor apartment after the two had argued.

Five officers surrounded the house -- three in the front and two in the rear -- and tried to talk Mr. Spinnicchio into leaving the apartment, Agent Price said, but he refused.

Agent Price said that at some point, Mr. Spinnicchio raised a window and from behind the window screen pointed the handgun in the direction of Officer Coursey.

Another officer yelled, "Gun!," and Officer Coursey fired the shotgun into the screen, Agent Price said.

The officers waited a short while then entered the house and found Mr. Spinnicchio, dressed in a woman's nightgown, on the floor with the handgun in his hand, Agent Price said.

Agent Price said the handgun was loaded.

An M-1, .30-caliber rifle with a banana-style magazine containing 29 rounds was next to the window, police said.

Baltimore police have been involved in four fatal shootings this year.

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