Robbery suspect wounded in scuffle Baltimore Co. officer's gun discharges accidentally

August 11, 1996|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore County police officer and a man suspected of robbing an elderly couple of a gold coin at their apartment in an Arbutus retirement center were scuffling yesterday morning when the officer's gun accidentally discharged, wounding the suspect in the leg.

The suspect, identified only as a 35-year-old Baltimore man by police, was treated at St. Agnes Hospital and released. He was in custody last night awaiting a bail hearing on unspecified charges, Cpl. James Conaboy said.

A police spokesman, Sgt. Ron Stotler, said police responded to a call about 2: 30 a.m. of someone climbing a fence around the 110-acre, 2,500-resident Charlestown Retirement Community in the 700 block of Maiden Choice Lane.

When police arrived, they discovered that an elderly couple had been assaulted and a gold coin had been taken from their apartment, Stotler said.

An officer from the Wilkens Precinct spotted the suspect in the hall and tried to arrest him, Stotler said.

When the suspect fought with the officer, the officer's gun discharged and a bullet grazed the suspect's leg.

The suspect ran across the parking lot, but police tackled and handcuffed him.

The officer, whose name was not released pending an investigation, chipped a tooth in the scuffle but did not require medical treatment. The elderly couple also did not need medical attention.

Police are investigating several similar crimes at the retirement community in the past year.

In an unrelated case, police are investigating the shooting death of a Rosedale man found in a residential street in Middle River yesterday morning.

The body of Pernell Brown, 29, of the 100 block of Aspinwood Way was discovered with several gunshot wounds about 1: 35 a.m. in the first block of Fenway South, near Eastern Boulevard, Stotler said.

Officers believe the victim was involved in a drug dispute with another man, Stotler said.

Pub Date: 8/11/96

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