Lawsuit target queried in assault City officer may face charges in incident with county policeman

September 26, 1996|By Kris Antonelli and Peter Hermann | Kris Antonelli and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore police officer who is being sued by the family of a man he fatally shot in 1994 was questioned by Baltimore County police last night in an assault against a county officer, law enforcement sources said.

The officer, who attended the opening of the trial in the wrongful-death suit against him in Baltimore Circuit Court on Tuesday, could face charges after an attempt to run down a county officer with a car and a shoplifting incident from a Towson department store, county police said last night.

County police spokesman Bill Toohey declined to identify the suspect because no charges had been filed, but three high-level Baltimore police sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, identified the officer as Shean D. Camper.

Last night, county police said they had not decided on charges but were considering assault and shoplifting charges.

About 7: 30 p.m., Toohey said, county police got a report that a man was shoplifting at Montgomery Ward in Towson Marketplace. Officer Darryl Parker arrived and saw a 1994 Mitsubishi Galant matching a description of the suspect's vehicle, police said, and started to question the driver.

Toohey said that after Parker moved to the front of the car to get out of traffic, the driver started the car and drove at the officer, who had to dive out of the way to escape injury. The car sped off.

Toohey said the man called police a short time later and surrendered.

Camper has been involved in two high-profile incidents. He was charged with involuntary manslaughter in May 1994 in the shooting death of Jerrod Wagstaff, an unarmed 25-year-old man who led Camper on a chase down an alley off Tivoly Avenue in North Baltimore. A Circuit Court jury acquitted him 10 months later. Wagstaff's family filed the wrongful-death lawsuit, and opening statements in the case were heard Tuesday.

On June 1, Camper critically wounded Michael Harper while off-duty. Police said the man had hit the officer with a baseball bat after an argument stemming from a traffic dispute. The shooting was ruled justified.

Camper is on full-time duty at the Northeastern District station. City police sources said internal investigators were at the Towson Precinct last night and that Camper's job status might be determined today..

Pub Date: 9/26/96

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