City officer shoots, kills drug suspect

January 06, 1994|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Staff Writer

A Baltimore police officer shot and killed a suspected drug violator in an east side alley early today as the man was about to pull a handgun from his waistband during a foot chase.

Eastern District Officer Richard Heymann, 23, was not injured.

The dead man was identified as Ronald Darnell White, 24, of the 2300 block of E. Lafayette Ave.

Residents of the area described the dead man as a known drug dealer.

According to city police spokesman Sam Ringgold, Officer Heymann and two other uniformed Eastern District officers were in two marked police cars patrolling the area around Federal Street and North Montford Avenue about 12:30 a.m. today when they saw three men standing at the corner.

"The officers saw hand movements between the three and it appeared they were involved in a drug deal," Mr. Ringgold said.

He said the officers stopped their cars in the 1600 block of N. Montford Ave., just north of the corner, and approached the three men, who ran off in different directions.

Officer Heymann chased one of the men into an alley behind the 2400 block of Federal St. while ordering him to stop. The man reportedly did not stop.

At the intersection with an alley that runs behind the 1600 block of N. Montford Avenue, the man headed left and was about 30 feet up the alley when he found himself about 10 feet from Officer Heymann. The man then reportedly reached into his waistband and began to turn around.

Mr. Ringgold said Officer Heymann warned the man to stop and unholstered his Glock 9mm semiautomatic handgun and fired three shots, hitting the suspect twice in the torso.

Moments later, the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. A few feet from the body, police recovered a loaded 9mm semiautomatic handgun.

Mr. Ringgold said the two other men escaped.

As a matter of routine, Officer Heymann was placed on administrative duty pending a investigation, Mr. Ringgold said. Officer Heymann has been on the force since August 1992.

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