Gunman sought in shooting of state trooper

August 29, 1996|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Joe Nawrozki contributed to this article.

State police were combing the area around the Long Bar Harbor community of Harford County yesterday and going door to door to find witnesses and evidence that could lead them to a gunman who wounded a trooper Tuesday night.

But unlike in most shootings involving police officers, authorities were divulging few details about the incident.

Trooper Michael Hughes, 30, of the JFK Memorial Highway barracks was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore and later transferred to another hospital, where he was reported in fair condition.

"He suffered a non-life-threatening injury and we expect him to fully recover without any problems," said a state police spokeswoman, Sgt. Laura Lu Herman. She said the hospital where he was taken was not being named for "security reasons."

Herman refused to disclose whether Hughes was on routine patrol when he was shot or sent to the area in response to a call to police.

Asked if Hughes was wounded with his service weapon, a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun, Herman would not comment.

Another police spokesman, Capt. Greg Shipley, said investigators had not determined a motive for the shooting.

Shipley said investigators are not ruling out the possibility that Hughes was targeted and the assailant was waiting for him.

"We are not ruling anything out right now," Shipley said. "It is unusual that he would be shot under these circumstances."

According to police, Hughes was driving his marked cruiser on Long Bar Harbor Road in Abingdon about 11: 05 p.m. Tuesday when he saw a red sports utility vehicle parked off the road near the U.S. 40 intersection. Just after he passed the intersection, a man with a handgun stepped into the roadway from behind a line of trees and fired several shots at the cruiser, Shipley said.

Hughes, hit in the left arm, ducked and kept driving before he pulled into a driveway and called for assistance on his police radio, Shipley said.

The sports utility vehicle, which police said might be an Isuzu Rodeo, was not at the scene when troopers arrived a short time later, the spokesman said.

Late yesterday afternoon, police issued a description of a man being sought: black, about 5-feet-8 to 5-feet-10, with a stocky build and wearing gold-framed glasses, a light T-shirt and dark pants.

Pub Date: 8/29/96

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