A Baltimore police officer shot and critically wounded an enraged man who lunged at him with a military bayonet on a Brooklyn street last night, officers said.
The wounded man, Roarke Kirsten Bolton, 31, of the 6400 block of Bellview Drive in Columbia was listed in critical condition early today at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. He was shot twice in the stomach.
Officer Scott Harrold, 37, was in a patrol car driving west on Patapsco Avenue about 7:30 p.m. when several people in the area alerted him that a man had been seen slashing parked cars with a knife, police said.
The officer, a 12-year veteran assigned to the Southern District, spotted the man near the intersection with Fifth Street in front of a shop called the Best Little Hairhouse in Brooklyn.
Officer Harrold stopped his car, and "the knife-wielding man faced the police car directly and began plunging the bayonet into the car's hood," said Agent Doug Price, a police spokesman.
Michael Allan Sturm, 21, a police trainee who has been a student at the police academy for four days, was riding with Officer Harrold, Agent Price said. The officer and the trainee got out of the car and stood behind the opened doors, one on each side of the vehicle.
"The officer ordered the suspect to drop the bayonet, but that warning went unheeded," Agent Price said. "He ordered him to drop it a second time, whereupon the suspect raised the bayonet, charged the officer and thrust the bayonet forward."
Police said the 18-inch-long bayonet hit the driver's-side door and that the officer fired a shot, hitting Mr. Bolton and spinning him around. The man regained his footing and charged toward the officer again, prompting the officer to fire a second time, Agent Price said.
Mr. Bolton then fell to the ground, and the officer put his foot on the bayonet and pulled it from the man's grasp, police said.