Man fatally shot in fight with officer

July 18, 1994|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Sun Staff Writer

A man in his mid-20s, believed to be from Prince George's County, was shot to death last night while struggling with an Anne Arundel County policeman after a foot chase in a Linthicum Heights neighborhood, authorities said.

The dead man's name was withheld pending notification of his family.

The officer, whose name also was not divulged, was treated for minor injuries at North Arundel Hospital and released, a police spokesman said.

According to Officer Thomas Wagner, a county police spokesman, officers went to a house near Hampton Road and Coronet Drive around 7 p.m. because of neighbors' complaints about noise at a party.

As two people left the party in a car, police stopped the vehicle and found narcotics in it, according to Officer Wagner. The two occupants, both men, were arrested and taken to the Northern District police station.

Moments later, a van, whose occupants also were believed to have attended the party, was stopped near Hampton and Coronet, where the male driver jumped out and ran toward the back yards of several houses. A police officer ran after him.

Left behind in the van was a young woman.

"Both men were running and jumping over chain-link fences separating several yards," Officer Wagner said, "until the officer was able to grab onto the man and pull him back as he was about to vault another fence."

The spokesman said a struggle occurred and that the man purportedly attempted to grab the officer's handgun. As the officer attempted to gain control of the weapon, Officer Wagner said, the weapon discharged, and the man suffered a fatal chest wound.

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