Suspect in robbery shot by off-duty officer is treated at hospital

August 23, 1999|By Amy Oakes | Amy Oakes,SUN STAFF

A robbery suspect who was shot by an off-duty city police officer Saturday was being treated yesterday at Union Memorial Hospital, a police spokeswoman said.

According to Agent Ragina L. Cooper, Officer Kareem Hill, 24, a one-year veteran assigned to Western District, was inside the McDonald's restaurant in the 2000 block of N. Broadway about 9: 45 p.m. Saturday when a man entered and demanded cash from a cashier, who gave him the cash drawer containing an undisclosed amount of money.

Hill, who was in plainclothes, identified himself as a police officer and ordered the man to halt.

"The suspect turned toward him with a gun, and the officer shot," Cooper said.

The suspect was shot in the right arm and escaped on foot, she said.

Police recovered the cash drawer and a toy gun at the scene, Cooper said.

A short time later, a man, 28, with a gunshot wound arrived at Union Memorial Hospital in a car driven by a relative. The man, who lives in the 500 block of E. 28th St., was identified as the person Hill shot and was detained, Cooper said.

Hill suffered minor injuries from shattered glass, Cooper said.

She said the shooting is being investigated by the city state's attorney's office.

Sun staff writer Richard Irwin contributed to this article.

Pub Date: 8/23/99

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