Man held in attack on police officer

March 04, 1994|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

An 18-year-old man, who police said slashed at a Taneytown officer with a butcher knife and swung at him with a frying pan, is being held in the Carroll County Detention Center in lieu of $10,000 bond.

The suspect, William F. Burke of the 400 block of Red Tulip Court, Taneytown, also cut his wrist before surrendering to Officer Edward Engel about 4:40 a.m. Wednesday, Taneytown police said yesterday.

He was charged by state police in Westminster with assault with intent to murder, assault, battery, malicious destruction of property and related counts.

Police Chief Melvin Diggs said the episode began early Wednesday when Officer Engel received a call from the state police dispatcher about a screaming man who was walking in the area of Baltimore Street and Roth Avenue.

As the officer drove north on Roth Avenue and approached Red Tulip Court, a man ran at the police car and began swinging a knife at the closed driver's window.

Officer Engel was able to open the window enough to spray the man with pepper Mace, then got out of the patrol car.

The officer reported that the man again came at him with knife in hand, but the officer knocked him to the ground with a flashlight.

The man got up and ran into his house with Officer Engel in pursuit.

Chief Diggs said the man ran to the kitchen, grabbed a frying pan and began swinging it at the officer.

Officer Engel then drew his service weapon from his holster and told the man, "Drop it or I'll shoot."

The man dropped the frying pan but grabbed another kitchen knife and cut his wrist before the officer was able to stop him, the chief said.

The injured man was taken to Carroll County General Hospital by Officer Engel, the chief said.

The man was transferred to the Raymond Curtis Hand Center at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, where he was treated and released into police custody.

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