Baltimore City worker shot, killed Fight started over cigarette

September 21, 1993|By Michael James | Michael James,Staff Writer

A 46-year-old city employee was shot to death last night after a stranger began fighting with him over a cigarette, Baltimore homicide detectives said.

Ellsworth Briscoe of the 600 block of W. Lafayette Ave. was shot several times about 7:45 p.m. at Pennsylvania Avenue and Mosher Street, police said.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, and the killer was being sought last night, detectives reported.

On duty as an employee for the Baltimore City Water and Waste Water Bureau, police said Mr. Briscoe was sitting in a city-owned truck when the stranger approached and asked for a cigarette.

The men exchanged words, and the stranger pulled out a gun, police said.

Mr. Briscoe got out of the truck and struggled with the man briefly before being shot, city detectives said.

The killer fled on foot and apparently took nothing from Mr. Briscoe, police said.

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