Two police officers fire on car, seriously wounding one man

July 20, 1996|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

Police officers early yesterday opened fire on a car and wounded one of two occupants who authorities said held up a West Baltimore gas station with what might have been a hand grenade and then led police to a suburban shopping center in a stolen car.

The wounded man was identified as Michael Boyer, 22, of the 3700 block of Springdale Ave. He was in serious condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Police said he was shot once by Baltimore County Sgt. Eric C. Keith, 30, a nine-year veteran. Keith and city Officer Henry F. Moriarty, 48, a 25-year veteran who also fired once, were placed on routine leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Police said that while they were following the Nissan, the occupants may have tossed the device from the car, most likely along U.S. 40. Authorities urged anyone finding the device to call 911.

Events began about 1: 30 a.m., when two men threatened the attendant of the Jackson Service Station in the 3300 block of W. Baltimore St. with a device that looked like a grenade. The attendant refused to hand over money.

Police said the pair then forced Ernest C. Knox, 30, from his 1995 Nissan Sentra as he waited for a traffic light near the station.

The Nissan was driven west on U.S. 40 toward Baltimore County.

A city and county officer followed the car until it stopped in the parking lot of the Ingleside Shopping Center, just inside the Baltimore Beltway. The officers got out of their cars and said the Nissan then sped toward the city officer. Each policeman reported firing one shot at the car.

The car then headed east on U.S. 40 and back into the city, where it crashed into a rowhouse at Edmondson Avenue and Denison Street. Police said they recovered a handgun from the car.

Kevin Jones, 25, of no known address, was captured after a brief chase, police said. Jones and Boyer each were charged with carjacking and attempted murder.

Pub Date: 7/20/96

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