Baltimore officer fatally shoots armed man on Hilton St. after chase

January 26, 1998|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore police officer was reassigned to administrative duty yesterday after fatally shooting a man who allegedly pointed a loaded handgun at him, authorities said.

Officer Schuyler Denham, 36, told investigators he was sitting in his parked patrol car about 1: 30 a.m. when he saw a man running across North Avenue near Edgewood Street holding the waistband of his pants, leading the officer to believe the man was either carrying a gun or the victim of a crime.

Agent Ragina L. Cooper, a city police spokeswoman, said Denham pursued the man in his cruiser and then on foot, but lost him in an alley. The officer reported that he found the man about a block away in the 1600 block of N. Hilton St. near Presbury Street, Cooper said.

Cooper said Denham, a 16-year veteran on the force who is assigned to the Southwestern District, ordered the man to lie on the ground.

"The officer heard what he recognized to be someone loading and charging a weapon," Cooper said. "The suspect stood up and pointed a 9 mm handgun at the officer."

Cooper said Denham fired at the man five times, striking him in the wrist and side. The man -- whose identity remained uncertain last night -- died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. She said he was believed to be a 25-year-old city resident.

A loaded 9 mm handgun was recovered at the scene, Cooper said. Police said the man had two pieces of identification with different names in his pocket.

Denham was to remain on administrative duty -- a routine procedure -- while the shooting remains under investigation, police said.

The incident was the fourth in the city this year in which a police officer shot a suspect.

Pub Date: 1/26/98

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