Off-duty police officer slain during attempted robbery 3 suspects arrested after shooting

May 26, 1993|By Richard Irwin and Roger Twigg | Richard Irwin and Roger Twigg,Staff Writers

An off-duty Central District police officer died early today after being shot during an exchange of gunfire with two or three men during an attempted robbery at an East Baltimore carryout.

Two suspects were wounded in a struggle between the officer and the would-be robbers, investigators said.

Officer Herman Jones Sr., 50, a policeman for 23 years, was pronounced dead at Johns Hopkins Hospital from a bullet wound to the pelvis that apparently severed the femoral artery. He died in surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital about 40 minutes after being admitted.

He was the divorced father of two grown children, a departmental spokesman said.

Police Department spokesman Sam Ringgold said Officer Jones was on his way home after working the 4 p.m.-to-midnight shift when he stopped off at the Bow Yee carryout at 1544 N. Gay St. to get a meal about 12:45 a.m.

As he waited for his meal to be prepared, the would-be robbers confronted him. The shots occurred during a struggle inside the small carryout.

One suspect arrested a few minutes later -- a boy aged 16 -- was admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital for a gunshot wound of the right thigh. Police said they arrested him after following a trail of blood from the carryout shop to the 1900 block of Broadway.

Another teen-ager was treated for a wound to a leg at a hospital after having been arrested by police for questioning. His wound was discovered after police had taken him to headquarters for questioning.

The second youth was still in police custody this morning, as was a third teen arrested at his East Baltimore home between 6 and 6:30 a.m. today.

The officer's 9mm service pistol was taken during the scuffle and was still missing early today. Nothing was taken from the shop, police said.

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