Victimized resident kills intruder Man shot in home on W. Conway St.

September 21, 1993|By Michael James and Roger Twigg | Michael James and Roger Twigg,Staff Writers

A stockbroker victimized recently by a burglar used a shotgun yesterday morning to kill an intruder at his rowhouse on the edge of downtown Baltimore, police said.

John B. Slaughter, 34, shot the stranger once after confronting him on the stairs leading to the second floor of his home in the 600 block of W. Conway St., less than two blocks from Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Police said they do not expect any charges to be filed against Mr. Slaughter because he fired the shotgun in fear for his safety. Mr. Slaughter's home had been broken into earlier this summer and more than $5,000 worth of his property was stolen, police said.

The adult victim, who was hit in the face and chest by the shotgun blast, had not been identified last night. Detectives will attempt to determine his name today through a fingerprint check.

Mr. Slaughter, the son of former University of Maryland at College Park Chancellor John B. Slaughter, refused to talk about the incident last night. But his lawyer, Mark S. Cohen, called the incident "clearly a self-defense type situation. He's terribly upset and shook up about what's happened. But the guy allegedly came charging up the stairs at him. He didn't have much choice."

Mr. Cohen said a burglar took several items, including a stereo, camera and other belongings, in the last break-in. The intruder in that incident gained entry by breaking a window. "He [Mr. Slaughter] had just not too long ago replaced the window," Mr. Cohen said.

It was the same window that yesterday's intruder broke about 11:40 a.m. The sound of the breaking glass alerted Mr. Slaughter, who was on the second floor, police said. As the intruder made his way up to the second floor, Mr. Slaughter stood at the top of the stairs and confronted him, police said. It was then that the intruder moved toward Mr. Slaughter, who fired, police said.

Several burglaries, car thefts and armed robberies have occurred in the Conway Street area in recent months, say residents expressing support for Mr. Slaughter's defending himself with a shotgun.

"I'm amazed. We're 100 yards from the stadium. You'd think this would be one of the safest areas of the city," said John White, 23, a University of Baltimore student who lives a few doors away from Mr. Slaughter.

"There's a lot of money over here, and nice cars and nice houses. Lately burglars have been breaking in in the middle of the day. You can't blame people for arming themselves. There's no way to stop these criminals, they don't get sent to prison," Mr. White said.

"The governor has been talking about bringing in the state police to help in the city. I hope he does that, because it'll help people stop being afraid," Mr. White said.

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