ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY--Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale

August 18, 1993

Wounded officers sue accused man for $6.2 million

Two Annapolis police officers filed a $6.2 million suit yesterday in Circuit Court against a man they say shot them during a Feb. 19 drug raid at an Annapolis apartment.

The suit, filed by Sgt. Milton P. Gibbs and Cpl. James C. Doran, alleges that Daryl LaMont Jones, 21, of Bowie shot them when they arrived to search an apartment at 61 W. Washington St. shortly after 1 a.m. as part of a drug investigation.

Sergeant Gibbs was hit in the right eye and right eyelid, and Corporal Doran was shot in the abdomen and thigh, the suit says. Sergeant Gibbs' wife, Kristi Jane Wetzel, and Corporal Doran's wife, Susan Doran, are also listed as plaintiffs in the suit.

Each officer is seeking $3 million in punitive and compensatory damages in separate claims alleging unlawful battery, assault, negligence and emotional distress.

Each officer and each wife also is seeking an additional $100,000 compensatory damages for loss of consortium.

Mr. Jones is being held at the county detention center on charges of attempted murder that stemmed from the shooting.

Severn River Bridge can now carry more

The State Highway Administration has completed repairs to the old Severn River Bridge in Annapolis.

Repairs were completed last weekend. Workers increased the vehicle weight limit from 7,000 pounds to 24,000 pounds. The movable span on the bridge's north side will remain closed until it is removed. The southern leaf will open for marine traffic four times a day at 9 a.m., noon, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. The schedule will remain unchanged until the new Severn River Bridge opens to vehicular traffic in June 1994.

Built in 1924, the bridge temporarily closed to marine and vehicular traffic July 27 when the counterweight fell off the movable span on the bridge's north side.

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