Man is fatally shot in struggle with officer

January 04, 1995|By From Staff Reports

A Baltimore police officer fatally shot a 24-year-old man who pulled out a knife during a struggle in a Westside alley -- the first of two incidents in which officers shot suspects last night, authorities said.

The shooting took place near the 1800 block of W. Fayette St. about 6:45 p.m. after Officer David Shields "observed what he believed to be a drug transaction" and chased the man into the alley, police said.

There, according to Officer Sabrina Tapp-Harper, a police spokeswoman, the suspect stepped from out of the shadows and lunged at the officer with a "lock-blade knife."

Homicide detectives said Officer Shields and the man became involved in a struggle, during which the officer fired an undisclosed number of shots, one of which struck the man in the right buttocks.

The wounded man -- identified as James Marvin Miller of the 700 block of N. Payson St. -- was pronounced dead at 7:28 p.m. at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

The other shooting took place shortly before 11 p.m. in the 1800 block of N. Fulton Ave.

Homicide detectives said an officer in a patrol car followed a stolen 1995 Pontiac Grand Am with three men inside north on Monroe Street and stopped it on Fulton, where he and the driver got into a struggle. The man grabbed on to the officer's unholstered handgun and as they fell backward, the weapon discharged, striking the man in the stomach, police said.

The man was in serious condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

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