Essex man, 24, shot, wounded by police

August 09, 1994|By Dan Thanh Dang | Dan Thanh Dang,Sun Staff Writer

Baltimore County police shot and wounded a 24-year-old man yesterday after he climbed into his ex-girlfriend's home in Essex, chased her and her father outside with a butcher knife and then lunged at an officer with the weapon.

Unaffected by pepper spray and ignoring several orders to stop, Melvin Evans was shot in the lower back and leg when he lunged at Officer Michael J. Grecko, according to Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger, a police spokesman.

Mr. Evans, a former resident of the Cove Village townhouse apartment complex, was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was in serious but stable condition yesterday.

According to Sergeant Doarnberger, the man's former girlfriend, Pamela Clarise Wilson, 26, called police at 10:30 a.m. to ask that Mr. Evans be evicted from her Masthead Court apartment.

"He was calm when the police first arrived," Sergeant Doarnberger said. "She [Ms. Wilson] said she wanted him out of there."

Mr. Evans and police left without incident. But an hour later, police said, Mr. Evans climbed up the rear balcony of Ms. Wilson's apartment, entered through the back door and chased Ms. Wilson and her father out with a butcher knife.

Neighbors said they saw Ms. Wilson run screaming from her home to a house across the street. Mr. Evans followed her and banged on the door, neighbors said, but then retreated to Ms. Wilson's house.

Officer Grecko and Officer Darryl A. Hunter arrived at Ms. Wilson's house and confronted Mr. Evans inside, police said. As they moved out the door, police said, the officers tried to persuade him to put the knife down and then used pepper spray to try to subdue him. Neither worked.

When the man approached Officer Grecko with the butcher knife in an aggressive manner, Officer Hunter, who was standing in the doorway, shot him, police said.

Both officers were put on administrative duty pending an investigation.

Walter Candy, a 73-year-old Masthead Court resident and neighbor, said he was standing in front of his door about 100 feet away when Mr. Evans was shot.

"I was getting the kids in when I saw the police show up," Mr. Candy said. "Both officers went in the house and then one came out. They [the two officers] kept telling him to put it down, whatever he had.

"They tried to talk him out of it for five or six minutes," Mr. Candy said. "But, the guy kept coming and then the one in the doorway shot him. It was the first time I've ever seen anything like that."

Neither Ms. Wilson nor her father were injured. Both refused to comment on the incident.

Police said charges would be filed when Mr. Evans is released from the hospital.

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