Pasadena man is shot by county police officer

May 17, 1994|By Gregory P. Kane | Gregory P. Kane,Sun Staff Writer

A Pasadena man who allegedly threatened a county police officer with a metal bar was in critical condition yesterday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center after the officer shot him once in the chest Sunday evening, officials said.

Officer William Wild Jr., 27, has been placed on administrative duties pending a routine investigation of the shooting, which came about as a result of a domestic dispute.

Police said a woman had gone to the Eastern District station about 7 p.m. Sunday to ask for an officer to accompany her and her children, ages 6 and 10, to their house to get some belongings, said Officer Randy Bell, a police spokesman.

Officer Wild and the woman went to the house, where they found the woman's husband lying on a couch in the living room, police said. They spoke with the man, and he then went into the bedroom, followed by Officer Wild. When the man moved toward a closet, the woman told the officer that it contained a shotgun.

Officer Wild and the man struggled in the closet before the man jumped onto the bed, grabbed an industrial fan that had been in the room and held it over his head as if he meant to throw it, police said.

The man jumped out a bedroom window, ran to a house under construction next door, returned with the metal bar and met Officer Wild, the woman and the children outside.

"He came out to confront the officer and yelled, 'I'm going to kill you,' " Officer Bell said.

When the man began advancing on him, Officer Wild warned him to stop. When he didn't, Officer Wild fired one shot, striking the man in the chest, police said.

Leon Wade Edge Sr., 41, of the 8400 block of Maryland Road was reported in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

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