Police identify officer who shot 3 others in raid

September 25, 1994|By Mark Guidera | Mark Guidera,Sun Staff Writer

Baltimore police identified yesterday the officer who shot three other officers during a drug raid Thursday as Earl Williams Jr., a member of the force for three years.

The 24-year-old officer has been assigned to the Eastern District's drug unit since joining the force, said Officer Robert W. Weinhold Jr., a department spokesman. Officer Williams is on desk duty pending the outcome of a departmental investigation into the shootings.

"The main thing we want to emphasize at this point is that the investigation is incomplete," Officer Weinhold said yesterday. "The investigators may want to reinterview some of the other officers" involved in the raid.

Officer Graham Sylvester was shot in his upper left arm during the raid, which was on a rowhouse in the 1600 block of N. Port St. in East Baltimore. Two other officers were wounded in the hand by a second shot that ricocheted off a door frame, police said.

Officer Weinhold said investigators plan to interview Officer Sylvester soon. The 39-year-old officer, who has been on the force seven years, was discharged from the Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday.

Officer Weinhold said that on Friday evening Officer Williams gave investigators his statement of what happened when he and other members of a drug raid team burst through the front door of the house, which police believed was a heroin distribution center.

Police investigators said that after Officer Williams broke through the heavily barricaded front door, he saw an outstretched arm holding a woman at gunpoint in the kitchen. The person with the gun -- Officer Sylvester, who had entered through a rear door -- was hidden from view by a refrigerator, police said.

Investigators said that Officer Williams shouted a warning to the person behind the refrigerator to drop the weapon before firing two rounds from his Glock 9 mm pistol.

One bullet hit Officer Sylvester, who had the woman under arrest. The second ricocheted off a door frame, passed through the left hand of an officer and grazed a third officer beside him.

The two other injured officers were Officer Aaron Perkins, 29, and Officer James Hamilton, 27. Both were treated and then released from Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Police have lodged drug distribution charges against Anthony Johnson, 28; Ricky Evans, 36; Yvette Hollie, 23; and Bernadette Webster.

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