Baltimore Co. police officer wounded in high-crime neighborhood in city

April 09, 1996|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF

An off-duty Baltimore County police officer was recovering from a leg wound after he was shot early yesterday during an apparent robbery in a high-crime East Baltimore neighborhood.

Officer Kevin Anthony Dargan, 30, a patrolman in White Marsh Precinct, was in serious but stable condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. His badge and gun are missing, said Bill Toohey, a county police spokesman.

Officer Dargan, who lives in Abingdon, told police he was walking in the 1000 block of N. Chester St. at 2: 30 a.m. when two men, both armed with guns, demanded his money. After the robbers took the officer's 9 mm Sig Sauer semiautomatic handgun, wallet and badge, they told him to turn and run.

Officer Dargan was shot in the right thigh as he ran, said Agent Robert W. Weinhold Jr., a city police spokesman. Officer Dargan flagged down a city police officer.

Investigators said they did not know why Officer Dargan, an eight-year veteran of the county department, would be in a neighborhood that police say is known for drug-trafficking and shootings.

City homicide detectives, who routinely handle police shootings, will question Officer Dargan after he recovers from surgery, Agent Weinhold said.

Information about the incident will be reviewed by Officer Dargan's supervisor, Maj. Jeffrey Caslin, who will determine if the case should be investigated further by the county police Internal Affairs Unit, Mr. Toohey said.

Pub Date: 4/09/96

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