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 allegedly 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.

According to Officer Sabrina Tapp-Harper, a police spokeswoman, the suspect threatened Officer Shields with a "lock-blade knife." She was unable to say last night how many shots were fired by Officer Shields, or where and how many times the suspect was hit.

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 Cen- ter.

Officer Tapp-Harper was unable to say whether any other suspect was being sought in connection with the suspected drug transaction. "They're uncertain if there is anybody else," she said.

Homicide detectives were questioning witnesses late last night.

Officer Shields was placed on administrative duty pending the completion of an investigation of the shooting.

The other shooting took place shortly before 11 p.m. in the 1800 block of N. Fulton Ave., after an officer chased a suspect fleeing from a stolen car nearby. Details about that incident were not immediately available.

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