Policeman injured by gunfire in struggle 17-year-old is charged in Owings Mills chase pTCBY: Kris Antonelli

July 12, 1996|By SUN STAFF

A Baltimore County police officer was shot in the hand while struggling with a teen-ager who had led police on a cat-and-mouse chase through an Owings Mills neighborhood yesterday afternoon.

Officer Brian E. Zile, 33, of the Western Traffic Unit, was treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center and released, said police spokesman Sgt. Kevin B. Novak. Zile was hit with a shot from his 9 mm handgun as he struggled in the driveway of an Owings Meadows home with a 17-year-old from Northwest Baltimore.

Novak said the 17-year-old was charged as a juvenile with auto theft, third-degree burglary, two counts of theft and resisting arrest.

His companion was released without being charged, Novak said. Their names were not released.

He said police had insufficient evidence to charge the 17-year-old in the officer's shooting.

According to a police account of the incident, about 10: 15 a.m. two teens left Pleasant Hill Sunoco on Reisterstown Road without paying for the gas they put into a green Acura. An attendant called police with a description of the car and the license-plate number, Novak said, and officers found that the tag had been reported stolen from a Chevrolet in Marriottsville.

Shortly after 11 a.m., an officer on patrol spotted the Acura in the parking lot of Owings Mills High School and waited for the teens to come out. At 1: 20 p.m., the pair walked out of the school and saw the officers, Novak said.

The 18-year-old was arrested, but the 17-year-old fled on foot, Novak said.

With several patrol cars chasing him through the neighborhood, he ran into a house under construction on South Ritters Lane, Novak said. When officers sent a police dog inside, he ran out the front door and up a hill. Zile followed, driving his unmarked cruiser between two houses and in front of a house in the 200 block of Ritterslea Court.

Novak said the youth lunged toward Zile, who had his gun drawn, and they began struggling. The gun fired, hitting Zile in the left hand.

Pub Date: 7/12/96

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