Officer shot in hands after traffic stop

June 28, 1994|By From Staff Reports

What began last night as a routine traffic stop ended with a Northwestern District police officer shot in each hand, police reported.

Just before 7 p.m., Officer Kevin Baskette, a seven-year veteran, stopped a car with expired tags in the 4300 block of Park Heights Ave., said Officer Sabrina Tapp-Harper, a police spokeswoman.

A passenger in the car got out and ran, and Officer Baskette chased him, the spokeswoman said. During the chase, the man turned and fired a silver-colored handgun at Officer Baskette, she said. A bullet entered one of the officer's hands, and another bullet grazed his other hand.

Officer Baskette did not return fire, Officer Tapp-Harper said.

Late last night, Officer Baskette was reported in good condition, awaiting hand surgery at the Union Memorial Hand Clinic, Officer Tapp-Harper said.

She said the gunman, described as in his 30s, 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds, had not been found, and the driver of the car was being questioned by police.

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