Police officer fatally shoots suspect wielding two knives in staircase

October 12, 1995|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

A Baltimore police officer fatally shot a man who officers said assaulted his fiancee and was threatening them with two knives as he walked down a staircase Tuesday night inside a Southeast Baltimore apartment complex.

Earl W. Nesbitt, 33, of the 6200 block of Plantview Way in O'Donnell Heights was shot four times in the chest about 11:30 p.m. He was pronounced dead at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

The officer who fired his 9 mm semiautomatic handgun, Drew Dorbert, 29, an eight-year veteran, was placed on administrative duties pending an investigation.

Sam Ringgold, a department spokesman, said the incident began when Mr. Nesbitt, who was intoxicated, destroyed furniture in his apartment and cut his 41-year-old fiancee on the ,, hand.

The woman and her 17-year-old son escaped from the apartment and called police, who confronted the man as he sat on a landing in the complex. Mr. Ringgold said the man had a 17-inch knife in one hand and a "Rambo-type" double-edged knife in the other.

The spokesman said officers repeatedly ordered the man to drop the weapons, and sprayed him with pepper Mace before he started to come down the steps and the officer shot him.

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