Robbery suspect is fatally wounded by police near Lexington Terrace

November 08, 1995|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

An armed robbery suspect who tried to elude pursuing city and housing authority police by hiding in a trash bin at the Lexington Terrace homes was shot to death when he exchanged gunfire with the officers, a city police spokesman said.

None of the three officers involved was injured. The dead man's name was withheld pending notification of relatives.

Agent Robert W. Weinhold Jr., the spokesman, said Southeastern District Officers Wilie Heard, 26, and John Kelley, 23, and Housing Authority Officer Carl Anderson, 29, were responding about 4 p.m. to a 911 call of a robbery in progress in the 200 block of N. Dallas Court. They spotted two men, one with a handgun, trying to rob two men.

Police pursued the armed suspect north through a playground and into the 200 block of Bethel Court, just south of Orleans Street, where the gunman climbed into a trash bin.

As officers neared the gunman's hiding place, the suspect fired two shots that missed them, Agent Weinhold said.

The officers returned fire, hitting the suspect twice, he said.

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