Officer shoots two robbery suspects, killing one Pair ignored warning, Annapolis police say

September 03, 1996|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

An Annapolis police officer shot two men, killing one of them, yesterday as he tried to stop a beating and apparent robbery attempt, Annapolis police said.

Cochise Ornandez Daughtry, 18, of the 1300 block of Tyler Ave., Annapolis, was shot in the chest and was pronounced dead shortly after 1 a.m. yesterday at Anne Arundel Medical Center. Vernon Eugene Estep Jr., 19, of the 1100 block of Madison St., Annapolis, was in serious but stable condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was being treated for a gunshot wound to the groin.

The victim of the attack, Carlester Jackson, 40, of the 1400 block of Tyler Ave., Annapolis, was treated at Anne Arundel Medical Center for rib injuries and cuts to his face and knees and was released.

Officer David W. Garcia, a seven-year veteran, was placed on administrative duty pending an investigation into the shooting by the state's attorney's office and the Police Department's criminal investigation and internal affairs divisions.

Police said Garcia and Officer Joseph M. Ridley went to the 1300 block of Tyler Ave. just before midnight after they received a call of gunshots being fired. The officers found only juveniles in the area, and Ridley left to answer another call while Garcia stayed to make sure the group remained orderly, police said.

About 15 minutes later, Garcia saw two men chasing a third man in the 1300 block of Tyler Ave., then beating and slashing the man with broken bottles in what police believe was a robbery attempt.

Garcia approached and ordered them to stop beating Jackson, police said. When they refused, the officer fired at least three shots, striking Daughtry in the chest and Estep in the groin.

The men had not attacked the officer, police said.

Pub Date: 9/03/96

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