Police wound Dundalk man armed with a handgun

January 19, 2000|By Nancy A. Youssef | Nancy A. Youssef,SUN STAFF

A 23-year-old Dundalk man was shot yesterday after he pointed a handgun at police, ignored demands to drop the weapon and ran away, Baltimore County police officials said.

Police said they received a call at 9: 15 a.m. from employees at Baltimore County Savings Bank, saying a man had attempted to cash a forged check. When they arrived, officers found a man -- who matched the description bank employees gave -- acting suspiciously at a Rite Aid drugstore in the Merritt Park Shopping Center, said Cpl. Vickie Warehime, county police spokeswoman.

"He was constantly looking back at the police activity, to the point detectives say he almost ran into the wall," Warehime said.

FOR THE RECORD - A story in Wednesday's Maryland section incorrectly described the events surrounding a police shooting of a forgery suspect in a Dundalk shopping center on Tuesday. Police said the suspect waved a gun in the air and ignored police orders to drop the weapon and ran instead. As officers chased him, the suspect ran up to the side of a building. Police said he then turned and pointed the gun at the officers who shot him.
The Sun regrets the error.

Police said the man, Alex Joseph Janiski, of the 7500 block of Lawrence Road, left the store and got into a cab with another passenger. After police surrounded the cab, Janiski jumped out of the vehicle and pulled a handgun from his waistband, pointing it at several officers, Warehime said.

Janiski began running away, and the four officers shot at the him, Warehime said. Janiski was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition last night.

Warehime said no bystanders at the shopping center were involved in the incident. Janiski was standing behind a brick wall and "nobody was in danger," she said.

Officers Anthony DiCara, 25, Todd Edelin, 31, Stephen Forster, 43, and Michael Snyder, 40, were placed on administrative duty. Forster is assigned to the department's Eastern Patrol Services; the other three worked out of the North Point Precinct in Dundalk.

Authorities said yesterday they had not decided whether to file charges.

Yesterday's incident was Baltimore County's first police-related shooting this year. In the past 12 months, the county recorded five shootings involving Baltimore County police, Warehime said.

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