Suspect shot, wounded by officer after chase

January 26, 1995|By Robert Hilson Jr. | Robert Hilson Jr.,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writer Peter Hermann contributed to this article.

A police officer shot and wounded a suspect in two killings yesterday after the man charged the officer and his partner at the end of a brief chase in Northwest Baltimore, police said.

Maurice Witherspoon, 29, of the 5100 block of Chalgrove Ave. was shot in the chest and leg, police said. He was in stable condition last night at Sinai Hospital, a nursing supervisor said.

Yesterday's shooting occurred a day after an officer shot and killed a motorist in Southwest Baltimore. In Tuesday's incident, Officer Scott G. Serio shot the man twice in the chest after the man sped off from a traffic stop, dragging the officer, police said.

Police said yesterday's incident occurred shortly before 5 p.m. when Officer Jonathan Brickus and Sgt. Debbie Fox spotted a suspect in two slayings driving a car on McKendree Place, across from the Northwestern District police station on Reisterstown Road.

Sam Ringgold, a police spokesman, said the man drove about a half-block, then jumped out of the car and ran three blocks to the 4000 block of Lewiston Ave. The officers gave chase on foot.

During the chase, Mr. Ringgold said, the man discarded what was believed to be a handgun.

On Lewiston Avenue, the man stopped, charged the officers and shouted, "You're going to have to do me," Mr. Ringgold said.

He said the officers sprayed pepper mace at the suspect but he continued to charge them. Officer Brickus fired his 9 mm service weapon, hitting the man in the leg and chest, Mr. Ringgold said.

He said neither officer was injured and no weapon was recovered.

Police said Mr. Witherspoon was being sought on warrants charging him in the fatal shootings of James Wright, 24, after an argument in the 1200 block of Edmondson Ave. Nov. 4; and Timothy Davis, 17, during a robbery near the George B. Murphy Homes public housing development in West Baltimore Nov. 10.

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