Officer wins Silver Star for valor in '95 arrest

August 27, 1996|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

An Eastern District police officer who, though suffering from two bullet wounds, chased and arrested a gunman in East Baltimore, has been awarded the Police Department's Silver Star for valor.

Police Commissioner Thomas L. Frazier also honored several residents for their roles in fighting crime, in a ceremony last week at police headquarters. On May 2, 1995, Officer Donald Schultz, 26, was off duty and in civilian clothes near his Highlandtown home when a gunman began firing at people standing on sidewalks.

After telling bystanders to flee, Schultz identified himself as a police officer and ordered the man to drop the gun. Instead, the gunman fired, hitting Schultz in the right chest and right side.

The officer returned fire, hitting the gunman in the chest and back. The gunman ran and was pursued by Schultz for several blocks before collapsing in an alley. Both men survived their wounds.

On April 13, 1996, three members of the Northwest Citizens Patrol aided police in recovering a stolen car and the arrest of a suspect. Dov Pear, Steven Rosensweig and Ken Birnbaum received Citizens Awards.

Three other members of the Northwest Citizens Patrol were honored for their part in the arrests of two youths who tried to steal a car Feb. 14. Citizens Awards were presented to Perry Underwood, Mickey Lowenthal and Dr. Thomas Blass.

Lisa Hoffman also got a Citizens Award.

On Jan. 21, 1996, two teen-age boys knocked an elderly woman to the ground in the 900 block of Light St. and stole her purse. Hoffman, who was walking nearby and witnessed the robbery, chased the youth with the purse, caught him and held him for police.

Pub Date: 8/27/96

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