Officer shoots suspect alleged to have fired at him

December 20, 1997

A city police officer shot a robbery suspect in the chest and leg last night after the suspect is alleged to have fired at the officer.

Officers near 25th Street and Kirk Avenue were approached at about 9 p.m. by a woman who reported a robbery and carjacking two blocks east at 25th and Garrett Avenue, said Ragina L. Cooper, a police spokeswoman.

The woman said she had seen a man in a red cap point a gun at another man's head, Cooper said. The officers spotted a man matching the description in an alley behind the 2300 block of Robb St. Cooper said.

When the officers approached, the suspect fired at them but missed, she said. Northeast District Officer John Ganovski, who has been on the force four years, then fired four shots, hitting the suspect once in the chest and once in the right leg, she said.

Police declined to identify the suspect last night. Cooper said the suspect was conscious when taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Hospital. Cooper said police retrieved from the scene a .380-caliber handgun, believed to have been used by the suspect, and a spent shell casing.

Ganovski has been placed on routine administrative leave pending an investigation.

Pub Date: 12/20/97

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