Man injured in attack faces assault charges Suspect allegedly gassed officer

June 02, 1993|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer

Police have filed charges against a Baltimore man who was shot several times in April after allegedly grabbing an officer's can of pepper tear gas and spraying him with it.

David Shipley, 24, of the 1600 block of Inverness Avenue in Baltimore, faces assault, battery and other charges.

He remains in Prince George's Hospital Center, where he was taken the day of the shooting, and is in stable condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Police said he is under police guard.

Four-year officer Patrick McDonald was treated at the Howard County General Hospital for second-degree burns to his face, arms and eyes and released following the April 29 incident.

Police issued an arrest warrant last Wednesday charging Mr. Shipley with assault with intent to maim, battery, theft and resisting arrest, police said. Once he's released from the hospital, the suspect is to be transported to the Howard County Detention Center.

The shooting occurred midday.

Officer McDonald, 30, had answered a call to the Columbia Junction Shopping Center in the 8600 block of Washington Boulevard about a man who entered a store and began acting strangely.

Test results later determined Mr. Shipley was under the influence of the drug PCP, police said.

After being questioned, the suspect fled on foot, the officer gave chase, and a struggle began, police said.

When the suspect allegedly grabbed the officer's tear gas and sprayed him repeatedly, Officer McDonald fired at him several times, police said.

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