Off-duty officer shot trying to halt robbery Condition critical but stable after attack at Wendy's

November 14, 1998|By Liz Bowie | Liz Bowie,STAFF WRITER

An off-duty Baltimore Housing Authority police officer was shot twice last night apparently trying to stop a robbery at a Wendy's restaurant along Martin Luther King Boulevard, according to city police.

The officer, who was working as a security guard at the restaurant, was in critical but stable condition last night at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Sgt. Scott Rowe said. The officer's name was not released.

An employee of the Wendy's on the 900 block of McCulloh St. walked out the back door of the restaurant to get some supplies about 8: 15 p.m. when he had "some kind of confrontation" with one or two suspects, Rowe said.

The housing authority police officer, who was in plain clothes, came to help the employee and was shot in the right arm and the right leg, Rowe said.

He said there were several witnesses to the shooting, but declined to say whether the officer fired back at his assailants.

"You hate to see anyone shot, but I think he is going to be OK," said Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, who stopped at the scene on his way home from work.

Schmoke said he had heard a signal 13 -- a police radio call for an officer needing assistance -- and turned around to head to the scene.

The mayor said that he planned to visit Shock Trauma last night to check on the officer.

Officers used a police dog and search lights last night to search the back of an apartment complex near the scene.

Rowe said that police did not know what type of gun was used and had no description of the suspect or suspects.

Pub Date: 11/14/98

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