Officer Shoots Passenger During Traffic Stop

April 24, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

During a traffic stop last night, a Baltimore County K-9 officer shot a man in a car, believing him to be armed, police said.

Bill Toohey, a police spokesman, said Officer Michael Cortez stopped a Ford Tiempo with temporary Delaware tags for a traffic violation about 8: 25 p.m. at Pulaski Highway and Chesaco Avenue in Rosedale. Cortez saw what appeared to be a handgun near the front-seat passenger, Toohey said.

Fearing for his safety, Toohey said, the officer drew his handgun and shot the passenger in the leg. The driver sped off, and, after a brief chase, the car was stopped on Rossville Boulevard near Pulaski Highway.

Toohey said the wounded man was being treated at Franklin Square Hospital for a leg wound and that two other men were being interviewed at the White Marsh Precinct.

Pub Date: 4/24/97

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