Baltimore policeman fatally injured in crash

2-vehicle collision occurs as officer goes to aid colleague

March 09, 2000|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A 22-year-old Baltimore police officer, who had been on the job slightly more than a year, died last night of injuries he sustained when his Jeep Cherokee patrol vehicle collided with a car at a West Baltimore intersection, police said.

Officer Jamie A. Roussey, whose father is a police officer, was going to help an officer on foot pursue a suspect and was northbound in the first block of N. Fulton Ave. about 5: 45 p.m. when he collided with a westbound 2000 Dodge Neon at the 1700 block of W. Fayette St., police said. The driver's side of the Jeep hit a utility pole.

Firefighters had to cut off the Jeep's roof to free Roussey.

Sgt. Scott Rowe said Roussey, a resident of Southwest Baltimore who is assigned to the Western District, suffered multiple injuries and died at 7: 56 p.m. at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The cause of death was not immediately available, Rowe said.

Dr. Thomas M. Scalea, chief physician at Shock Trauma, said Roussey arrived at the hospital about 6: 11 p.m. with massive chest, abdominal and pelvic injuries on his left side.

At Shock Trauma, Mayor Martin O'Malley praised Roussey, saying, "This young man was dedicated to making Baltimore a safe city for all."

Officer Vincent Roussey, the dead officer's uncle, is a member of Mayor Martin O'Malley's security detail. Roussey's brother and a cousin are also on the police force.

"The Police Department is deeply saddened by the loss of Officer Roussey," said Commissioner Ronald Daniel, who was also at Shock Trauma.

Rowe said Roussey joined the force Feb. 17, 1999.

Rowe said the driver of the Neon, Calvin Thompson Jr., 20, of the 4100 block of Mountwood Road, and his passenger, Robert Scott, 28, of the 100 block of Palormo Ave., were treated for minor injuries at Shock Trauma. Later, Thompson and Scott were arrested and charged with possession of a deadly weapon, a Glock 9 mm semiautomatic handgun police found in the Neon's trunk.

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