Suspect in car theft critically hurt after shooting by Arundel officer

November 16, 1997|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

A car theft suspect who police said attempted a carjacking on a North Arundel Hospital parking lot was reported in critical condition yesterday after being shot by an Anne Arundel County police officer Friday.

Authorities said the officer -- Bryan Malar, 28, who has been on the force five years -- was assigned to administrative duty pending completion of an investigation.

Shawn Alfred Chowanetz, 30, was arrested this month after police pursued a stolen car from Severna Park to Pasadena. He was suspected of taking the vehicle and robbing its elderly owner Nov. 1 at the Elkridge Corners Shopping Center in Howard County, according to police.

Chowanetz of the 1200 block of Purnell Road in Severna Park was reported to be in critical but stable condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Police said Malar stopped a black 1991 Camaro -- which had been reported stolen in Baltimore -- on Oakwood Road near Hospital Drive shortly after 3 p.m. and chased the driver when he fled.

Malar spotted the driver in the parking lot of North Arundel Hospital, allegedly trying to steal a car from an elderly man, and ordered him to lie on the ground.

Police said the driver of the Camaro was shot in the side when he reached toward his pocket.

Pub Date: 11/16/97

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