City police officer shoots assault suspect

February 16, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Baltimore police officer shot and wounded a Northeast Baltimore man who is accused of threatening the officer with a kitchen knife early yesterday morning, police said.

Officer Matthew Knight, a Northeast District officer who has been on the force for two years, responded to a report of a knife assault about 3: 30 a.m. at a house in the 1800 block of E. 29th St. near Lake Montebello.

Knight was confronted on the stairwell by a 28-year-old man who was waving a knife, police said.

As the officer backed out of the house, Knight ordered the suspect to drop the knife.

The man continued waving the knife as he followed Knight into the front yard, police said.

"Finally the officer was cornered," said Sgt. Scott Rowe, a police department spokesman.

Knight fired two shots, hitting Darryl Kirkpatrick of the 700 block of Newington Ave. once in the abdomen.

Kirkpatrick was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was in stable condition yesterday.

Inside the home, officers found the suspect's girlfriend, Chrystal Jones, 21, who had reportedly been assaulted before police arrived. She was not seriously injured.

Knight has been placed on administrative duty pending an investigation.

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