Police officer shot in leg, suspect slain

March 26, 2001|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore City police officer was shot and a stolen car suspect killed by another police officer early today in the Highlandtown section of Southeast Baltimore.

The name of the wounded officer and that of the dead suspect were not immediately available.

Details early today were sketchy, but police said an officer assigned to the Southeastern District stopped a car in the 600 block of S. Highland Ave. near Foster Avenue about 12:35 a.m. The officer believed the car was stolen and was attempting to remove the driver from the car when the driver pulled a gun and shot the officer at least once in the leg.

Other police who had arrived on the scene as back-up units pulled their service semiautomatic weapons. When the man refused to drop his weapon after several warnings to do so, at least one officer fired at the gunman, striking him.

The gunman was hit several times in the upper body and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Early today, it was not known if more than one person was in the stolen car when it was pulled over.

Police said the wounded officer was taken by a Fire Department ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he immediately underwent surgery. His condition was not available.

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