Break-in suspect shot by MTA officer is hospitalized

August 22, 1999|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF

A suspect was hospitalized and another man was being sought after a vacationing Maryland Transportation Authority police officer used his service weapon in thwarting an apparent break-in attempt at his home, city police said.

Officer Michael Beasley told police he was inside his house in the first block of S. Culver St. about 9 p.m. Friday when he heard someone trying to break a window.

"He observed the man banging on the window and trying to break it," said Agent Ragina L. Cooper, a spokeswoman for the city police. "He yelled at the man to stop, and the suspect continued to bang on the window, breaking it."

Cooper said Beasley identified himself as an officer before firing at least one shot. The suspect, whom police declined to identify because he hasn't been charged, was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Cooper said police were searching for a second man, a possible accomplice, seen running from the scene after the shooting.

Col. Larry Harmel, chief of police for the transportation authority, said Beasley has been on the force for 18 months and is on probation as a new officer. Harmel said Beasley is assigned to work at the Port of Baltimore.

An internal investigation is being conducted and initial information indicates that Beasley was justified in his actions, Harmel said.

"We are probably going to call him Monday and make sure he is doing OK; and if he feels up to it, we will have him come back [to work] on Tuesday," Harmel said.

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