Man being subdued by officers in N.W. Baltimore is shot in back when police weapon discharges 2 policemen see woman being beaten, pursue attacker into alley PTC

January 27, 1998|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A man being subdued by two police officers was shot last night when one of the officer's guns discharged, striking the man in the back, a police spokeswoman said.

Agent Angelique Cook-Hayes, the spokeswoman, said the officers were in the 4500 block of Park Heights Ave. in Northwest Baltimore about 10 p.m. when they saw a man beating a woman. When the officers intervened, the man bit both of them and ran into an alley, Cook-Hayes said.

She said the officers followed the man into an alley behind the 4500 block of Homer Avenue. There, they tried to subdue him, and one of the officers' handguns discharged, striking the man in the back, Cook-Hayes said.

Cook-Hayes said all three were taken to Sinai Hospital. Their conditions and identities were not available, she said.

Cook-Hayes said it was not known if the officer's gun was discharged intentionally, or if the firing was accidental and that the incident is under investigation by the homicide squad.

Pub Date: 1/27/98

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