City officer shoots man in his leg

Struggle for weapon ensued on burglary call

April 07, 2001|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

A city police officer responding to a burglary call at a Northwest Baltimore apartment complex shot and wounded a man early yesterday while struggling with him, a department spokeswoman said.

Horace Rocklin Shelton, 29, whose last known address was the Christopher Place homeless shelter in East Baltimore, was wounded once in his left leg.

Police said Shelton was treated at Sinai Hospital and released yesterday.

He was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, burglary, theft, destruction of property, possession of burglary tools, assault, resisting arrest and attempting to disarm a law enforcement officer. He was awaiting a hearing before a District Court bail commissioner last night.

The officer who fired his 9 mm Glock handgun was identified as Michael Davis, 35, assigned to the Northern District.

He was placed on desk duty pending the outcome of the investigation, a routine procedure.

Shelton's relatives could not be reached yesterday. Administrators at the homeless shelter in the 700 block of E. Eager St. said they had not seen him in weeks.

Shelton has been convicted several times of drug possession. His most serious conviction occurred in 1995, when he was found guilty in Circuit Court of possession with intent to distribute drugs.

He was sentenced to 12 years in prison, with all but 10 years suspended.

Ragina C. Averella, a city police spokeswoman, said yesterday's incident began when Davis responded to a call of a break-in at a laundry room at the Greenspring Hills apartment complex in the 2400 block of Loyola Northway.

The spokeswoman said a man emerged from the room as the officer approached. "There was a confrontation," Averella said, adding that the ensuing struggle spilled to the lawn of the complex.

"The suspect was choking the officer, and there was a struggle for the officer's weapon," Averella said.

Police said the officer fired once and missed, and both then rolled down an embankment, still fighting. Averella said that at the bottom, Davis fired a second time, hitting the man in the leg.

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