Youth is charged after detective is dragged by truck

January 24, 1996|By Dan Thanh Dang | Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF

A 16-year-old Middle River youth, shot Monday as he allegedly tried to flee in a pickup truck from undercover officers, was charged as an adult with attempted murder after the vehicle dragged a detective nearly a block, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

Norman Edward Barys of the 2100 block of Vailthorn Road was denied bail yesterday after his release from Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The youth, shot in the left shoulder by police, was not seriously injured, said Sgt. Kevin B. Novak, a county police spokesman. Two 15-year-old Middle River boys also were arrested and charged as juveniles with grand theft. Both were released to the custody of their parents.

The shooting occurred around 7:15 p.m., after undercover detectives had set up a sting operation to catch suspects in the theft last week of an all-terrain vehicle from the back of a house in the 300 block of Grovethorn Road.

Undercover officers were present when an arranged sale of the stolen vehicle allegedly was being made Monday night on Left Wing Drive. Three youths tried to flee -- one on foot, the others in a Ford Ranger pickup truck -- when a marked police cruiser showed up, police said.

Detectives Jeffrey Sewell and Christopher Wrzosek approached the truck and identified themselves as police officers, but the truck did not stop, police said. Detective Sewell's arm became caught on the passenger side, and as he was dragged, Detective Wrzosek fired through the truck's rear window and wounded the driver. Detective Sewell was treated for minor injuries at Franklin Square Hospital Center. Detective Wrzosek was assigned to administrative duty pending an investigation into the shooting.

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