Police gunfire injures suspect, bystander

June 30, 1996|By STAFF REPORTS

An auto theft suspect and a bystander were shot by city police in West Baltimore last night as police chased the suspect, armed with a .22-caliber handgun, through a residential neighborhood, according to police spokesman Robert W. Weinhold Jr.

Both the suspect and the bystander were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center last night. The suspect was in critical condition with wounds in the back and abdominal area and the bystander had leg wounds that were not life threatening, Weinhold said.

The chase began when two police officers followed a stolen 1991 Ford from Southwest Baltimore to the 1400 block of Calhoun St., where the driver jumped out and ran, pointing a gun at the officers.

An officer fired at the suspect, and a man in his 50s who stepped out of his house in the 1500 block of Woodyear St. was caught in the gunfire, Weinhold said. He declined to identify the suspect and the bystander.

Pub Date: 6/30/96

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