Man shot by guard was on probation for drug conviction

March 14, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A man who was fatally shot Tuesday by a correctional officer who told authorities he was trying to thwart a car break-in was identified by police yesterday as a 25-year-old from West Baltimore.

Anthony Gaylord Simpson of the 2100 block of Crimea Road was serving three years of probation after a conviction for cocaine possession in June 1996, a spokesman for the state prison system said yesterday.

Simpson was shot once in the head by the correctional officer, Cpl. Jermaine Johnson, who said he confronted a man who was breaking into his 1998 Nissan Maxima outside his house in the 3200 block of W. Presstman St.

The officer told city police that he fired one shot from his .380-caliber semiautomatic handgun after the man "suddenly turned" toward him. Police said Simpson was clutching a screwdriver in one hand and had a crowbar hidden under his coat.

Francine Stokes, a spokeswoman for the city state's attorney's office, said yesterday that prosecutors have not decided whether to present the case to a grand jury. Johnson, who is assigned to the Herman L. Toulson Boot Camp in Jessup, has not been charged and remains on duty.

Pub Date: 3/14/98

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