Suspect arrested in officer's shooting

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

A man suspected of shooting and wounding a city police officer and using his service pistol in a West Baltimore slaying eight days later was arrested yesterday after a foot patrolman noticed a gun bulging in the suspect's waistband, police said.

Blaine Robert Savage, 34, was arrested about 11:30 a.m. after the officer spotted him in the 1500 block of Traction St. in Reservoir Hill on the west side and recognized him as a suspect in a city police wanted poster.

The officer noticed a bulge in the man's waistband and, during a search, found Officer Antonio Leroy Murray's stolen 9 mm Glock pistol, said Officer Robert W. Weinhold Jr., a police spokesman.

Officer Murray was shot in the left forearm May 23 after he struggled with a man in the 800 block of Newington Ave., also in Reservoir Hill, police said. Officer Murray was trying to question a drug suspect when he was jumped from behind on the dark street, police said.

Police allege it was Mr. Savage, whose address is listed as the 2200 block of Callow Ave., who struggled with the officer and shot him. It is still unknown if the officer was shot with his gun or another weapon, investigators said.

The officer's attacker ran off with his service pistol, authorities said. Officer Murray spent six days at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

A second suspect in the shooting, Orin Leonard Tynes, 32, of the 800 block of N. Bentalou St. was arrested May 25 when he surrendered to police. Police believe the officer's weapon was used in the fatal shooting of Ernest Roland Paulings, 26, in the 2000 block of Linden Ave. Tuesday. Mr. Savage was charged in a warrant with first-degree murder in Mr. Paulings' death.

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