Officer shoots man wielding broken bottle

October 12, 2001|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

A man wielding a broken bottle was shot and wounded by a city police officer early yesterday in Southwest Baltimore, police said.

About 12:30 a.m., Baltimore police Officer Todd Nock approached a man talking on a pay phone at Dexter and Ostend streets, said Ragina C. Averella, a city police spokeswoman. Someone had called 911 twice from the location to report an armed person and destruction of property.

The man then smashed a bottle he was holding and held it toward Nock, Averella said. The man began to walk away as Nock yelled at him to drop the bottle, Averella said.

Another officer arrived and sprayed Mace at the man, who then turned toward Nock with the glass, Averella said.

Averella said the man then asked Nock to "shoot me, shoot me, go ahead and kill me."

Nock, who joined the force in 1993, then shot the man once in the abdomen, Averella said.

Richard Shortt, 40, of the 1400 block of Hull St. was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was listed in serious condition yesterday, a Shock Trauma spokeswoman said.

Averella said Nock has been placed on administrative duties pending a review of the shooting.

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