Officer kills shooting suspect

Driver fired from car, police report says

June 14, 1999|By Jamie Stiehm | Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF

A city police officer shot and killed a 21-year-old Baltimore County man sought in an earlier shooting, minutes after the man opened fire on the officer in West Baltimore late Saturday, police reported.

After a high-speed chase that ended in a vacant lot in the 900 block of N. Gilmor St., Officer Raymond Cook, 30, of the Southwestern District shot Vincent Dobson of the 2200 block of Harmony Woods Road "several times" in the upper torso, police said. Dobson was pronounced dead at the scene about 11 p.m., they said.

Dobson was being sought in the shooting of his girlfriend in Northwest Baltimore two hours earlier Saturday, police said.

Brandi Logan, 18, was shot once in the chest while she was outside her home in the 4000 block of Bancroft Road about 9 p.m. Logan, who was in serious condition at Sinai Hospital yesterday, identified Dobson as her assailant, said Lt. Ben Liu of the homicide unit.

Cook, who has served three years on the force, was put on administrative leave with pay pending an internal investigation, Liu said.

Investigators were still piecing together the events leading to the shooting yesterday, but Liu and Sgt. Scott Rowe, a police spokesman, gave the following account of what happened:

After the Northwest Baltimore shooting of the woman, police broadcast a description of Dobson's rented green 1999 Dodge Durango sports utility vehicle.

Saw vehicle

Cook saw a vehicle fitting the description near West Saratoga and North Pulaski streets and pulled it over in the 100 block of N. Pulaski St.

Without warning, the driver of the Durango fired four shots at Cook as he approached the car, police said. The officer dived for cover, dodging the bullets, which hit his police car.

Couple injured

The driver then took off, pursued by Cook and another Southwestern District officer. During the chase, the Durango struck a moving Toyota Cressida, injuring a couple inside, and a parked car before slamming into the side of a house and coming to rest in the vacant lot.

Cook approached the vehicle and ordered the driver to show his hands to indicate he had no weapon.

It was unclear what Dobson did, but Cook told investigators that, just before he fired. he thought he saw the man reach below the seat of the Durango.

Live rounds of ammunition and a Keltec 9 mm semiautomatic handgun were recovered from the passenger floorboard of the Durango, Rowe said.

Five to 10 shots

Rowe could not say last night how many shots Cook fired from his 9 mm semiautomatic Glock handgun, but estimated it was between five and 10 shots. The handguns hold 18 rounds.

An autopsy by the state medical examiner will determine the number of times Dobson was hit.

The couple injured in the Toyota were identified as Kathleen Childs, 18, of the 2100 block of McCulloh St. and Ahmond Taylor, 20, of the 2500 block of Loretta Ave.

Both were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where they were treated and released.

Pub Date: 6/14/99

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