Off-duty officer shoots gunman near apartments

June 10, 1993|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Staff Writer

An off-duty city police narcotics officer, working as a securit guard at an apartment building in the 1900 block of Eutaw Place, shot a gunman late last night in the courtyard of the building.

The officer, Hayes Ball, 32, assigned to the narcotics section at police headquarters, was not injured.

According to police reports and spokesman Agent Doug Price, Officer Ball was in the lobby of the Eutaw Garden Apartments around 11 p.m. when a female tenant told him that someone was firing a gun outside.

Entering the courtyard, Officer Ball, along with a uniformed security officer hired by the apartment building owners, spotted two men running.

One of the men escaped.

As the other man neared him, Officer Ball identified himself as a police officer and told the man to stop. Officer Ball then pulled out his police issue 9mm Glock handgun, said Agent Price.

When the gunman turned and pointed a Smith & Wesson .38 caliber six shot revolver at Officer Ball, who was in plainclothes, the officer fired one shot, hitting the gunman in the right knee.

The man, police said, ran a few feet before collapsing.

The gunman, a 16-year-old resident of the 2500 block of Madison Ave., was taken by ambulance to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was treated for the knee wound and a minor graze wound to the chest.

Police said the chest wound was apparently the result of the youth being shot earlier by an unknown person not far from the courtyard, where he was running for safety.

Following treatment, the youth was taken to the homicide squad for questioning.

He was expected to be charged with assault with a handgun and illegal possession of a handgun.

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