Off-duty officer wounds theft suspect He shoots fleeing man and follows bloody trail to home near liquor store

October 16, 1997|By Dail Willis | Dail Willis,SUN STAFF

An off-duty Baltimore police officer chased, shot and seriously wounded a man suspected of robbing a Catonsville liquor store-pharmacy yesterday afternoon, police said.

The officer was passing the Beltway Pharmacy at Edmondson Avenue and Harlem Lane just before 2 p.m., said Baltimore County police spokesman Bill Toohey.

City police spokeswoman Angelique Cook-Hayes identified the officer as Lennie Mungo, 30, a four-year veteran assigned to the Central District.

Robert W. Weinhold Jr., a city police spokesman, said last night that Mungo will be placed on routine administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation.

An employee who knew the officer flagged him down and told him a man had just jostled a clerk and stolen a bottle of vodka.

The officer began searching for the man, who had been described by employees, and found him near Harlem Lane, Toohey said.

Mungo, who was out of uniform and driving his personal car, identified himself as a police officer, drew his gun and ordered the man to the ground, Toohey said. The man didn't comply; instead, he kicked Mungo and ran.

Mungo chased him and fired at least one shot at the edge of the apartment complex where the man lived.

The shot hit the man in the stomach but did not stop his flight.

Leaving a trail of blood, the man entered his home at the White Oaks Apartments in the 400 block of Misty Wood Lane.

Additional police officers arrived and arrested the man, who had not been identified by police last night.

The man was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center for treatment, Toohey said.

Employees of Beltway Pharmacy declined to comment.

The store's owner, I. M. Ruddie, said some employees had recognized the man, although they didn't know his name.

"He's been around here before. We just hope he doesn't come back," Ruddie said.

Pub Date: 10/16/97

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