Arson suspect chased, shot by city police

Fire at apartment in Lake-Walker was set

August 25, 1999|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

An arson suspect was shot last night in North Baltimore when he pointed a handgun at officers who were pursuing him, a police spokeswoman said.

Agent Angelique Cook-Hayes said a fire was set about 7 p.m. in a unit at Walker Manor Apartments in the 1000 block of Woodson Road in the Lake-Walker community.

While firefighters were putting out the blaze, a young man told police officers he knew who had set the fire and pointed to the suspect, Cook-Hayes said.

Officers approached the man, who fled, Cook-Hayes said. She said they pursued him about three blocks to the edge of a woods in the 6200 block of Northwood Drive, where the suspect pulled a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun and pointed it at the officers.

They warned the suspect several times to drop the weapon and when he did not, an officer shot him in the right arm, Cook-Hayes said.

The man, whose identity was not available, was taken to Sinai Hospital, where he was treated for the bullet wound, Cook-Hayes said.

The man's weapon was recovered, she said.

Pub Date: 8/25/99

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