2 city officers reassigned after domestic dispute

March 29, 1997|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,SUN STAFF

Two Baltimore police officers have been suspended from street duties after their domestic dispute in Catonsville drew the attention of county officers -- who seized a gun from one of them, authorities said.

Sgt. Andrew J. S. Bratcher and his girlfriend, Officer Robin Blackman, were assigned to administrative duty pending an internal investigation into a disturbance early Monday at Blackman's home, said Agent Ragina L. Cooper, a city police spokeswoman.

Bratcher went to Blackman's home on Walden Mill Way about 4: 30 a.m. Monday, and an argument broke out when she rejected his sexual advances, according to a police report. Blackman told police that he attacked her a few hours later as she was getting ready to go to work -- choking her, taking her gun from her holster and pointing it at her, according to county police.

Baltimore County police came to the scene.

Bratcher of Ashland Avenue in East Baltimore denied the allegations, and told police Blackman scratched him during a tussle.

A county officer said that he noticed that Bratcher had been drinking and confiscated the sergeant's service weapon and a magazine of ammunition.

Neither was arrested because the investigating officer did not witness any crime, a county police spokesman said.

Pub Date: 3/29/97

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