Off-duty officer shoots suspect in robbery try

April 12, 1995|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Sun Staff Writer

An off-duty Baltimore police officer shot and critically wounded a man last night during an attempted robbery at an ATM outside a bank in Abingdon, Harford County, the state police said.

The suspect was identified as Jermaine D. Gray, 23, a resident of the Woodington Garden Apartments in the 200 block of Diener Place. He was in critical condition today at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

The officer, George W. Boston 3rd, 47, was not injured.

Lt. Greg Shipley, a state police spokesman, said Officer Boston, a 26-year veteran of the city police department, had withdrawn an undisclosed sum of money from the ATM outside the First National Bank at the Box Hill Shopping Plaza about 9:30 p.m. and was walking to his car when a gunman approached him from behind and demanded his money.

JTC Lieutenant Shipley said a struggle ensued, during which the officer pushed the gunman away. Clear of the suspect, Officer Boston pulled out his police handgun and fired three shots, hitting the suspect at least once in the upper torso and knocking him to the pavement.

Police recovered the suspect's semi-automatic handgun. It had not been fired.

Lieutenant Shipley said a motorist who witnessed part of the incident used his cellular phone to dial 911.

Mr. Gray was taken by ambulance to Fallston General Hospital, where his condition was stabilized before he was flown by MedEvac helicopter to Shock Trauma, where he underwent surgery.

Mr. Gray faces possible attempted robbery and handgun violation charges, Lieutenant Shipley said

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