Man is fatally shot in struggle with officer

January 04, 1995|By Richard Irwin and David Michael Ettlin | Richard Irwin and David Michael Ettlin,Sun Staff Writers

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, of the Western District, 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 xTC 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 buttock.

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.

Police said a search of alley failed to turn up any drugs or other suspects.

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.

Homicide detectives said Officer James W. Moore, 23, of the Western District, was leaving a 7-Eleven store at Monroe and Presstman streets when he saw a 1995 Pontiac Grand Am that he believed was stolen and occupied by three men head north on Monroe Street.

While the officer followed the car, he was told by radio that the car was stolen in Baltimore County.

When the officer stopped the car in the 1800 block of N. Fulton Ave., one of the passengers got out and began to struggle with Officer Moore, who had unholstered his handgun.

During the struggle, the man grabbed the officer's handgun and as they fell backward, the weapon discharged, striking the man in the stomach, police said.

The man, Earl Love, 32, of the 900 block of Mt. Holly St., was listed in serious but stable condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center and will be charged with possession of narcotics and assaulting a police officer, police said.

Officer Moore sustained minor injuries.

The alleged driver of the stolen car, Roderick White, 30, of the 3800 block of Woodridge Road, was captured inside a house in the 800 block of Bruce St. and was charged with auto theft and possession of narcotics. The third man, Anthony Finney, 32, of the 800 block of Wicklow Road, was charged with possession of narcotics.

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