Off-duty officer shoots robbery suspect

June 04, 1994|By Michael James | Michael James,Sun Staff Writer

An alleged robber was shot and critically wounded last night by an off-duty Baltimore police officer working security at the Pay Less Shoe Source at Mount Clare Junction shopping center, investigators said.

A man entered the store in the 1200 block of W. Pratt St. shortly before 7 p.m. and announced a robbery, apparently not realizing that the officer was there working security, police said.

An employee handed the man cash and, while his attention was diverted, the off-duty officer pulled his pistol and announced he was a police officer, said Officer Sabrina Tapp-Harper, a police spokeswoman.

"He [the suspect] made a movement of some type, and the officer fired," Officer Tapp-Harper said.

Police had not determined how many shots were fired, she said.

No one else in the store was injured and the robber did not return fire, Officer Tapp-Harper said.

The injured man was in critical condition last night at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Neither his name nor the officer's name was released by police last night.

The money from the robbery was recovered, police said.

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