Housing officer shoots W. Baltimore man, 28

May 05, 1994|By Michael James | Michael James,Sun Staff Writer

A 28-year-old man was shot and critically wounded yesterday afternoon as he fought with an undercover Housing Authority police officer at a West Baltimore public housing project, authorities said.

Police said the victim, Barry Patrick Gardner, a resident of the Gilmor Homes in the 1400 block of Mountmor Court where the shooting occurred, was in surgery last night at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. He had been shot once in the upper torso with the officer's 9 mm service pistol, said Zack Germroth, a Baltimore City Housing Authority spokesman.

Details were sketchy, and it was unclear if the officer's handgun accidentally discharged during the struggle, Mr. Germroth said.

"There was a physical confrontation of some kind between the man and the officer. . . . It's under investigation to determine exactly what happened," Mr. Germroth said.

The officer and two other plainclothes Housing Authority police officers had gone to a Gilmor Homes building in the 1400 block of Mountmor Court to investigate reports of drug dealing, police said.

Two of the officers arrested two suspects -- Moses Rush, 20, and a 17-year-old -- in the front of the building. Each was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, police said.

The third officer went to the rear to check a "ground stash," where it was believed cocaine had been buried or hidden, Mr. Germroth said.

When the officer got to the back of the building, he confronted several people, including the man he eventually shot, Mr. Germroth said.

He declined to release the officer's name last night.

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