Driver of car with stolen license critical after being shot by police

Detective hit by car, treated for injuries that are not life-threatening

Incident occurs on busy street

November 14, 2001|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

A 19-year-old man driving a car with stolen tags was shot and wounded by a city police detective yesterday on a busy street outside Johns Hopkins Hospital after hitting the detective with the vehicle, authorities said.

The suspect -- whose identity was not divulged last night -- was in critical condition at Hopkins, police said.

The shooting occurred after officers in an auto-theft task force spotted a Buick with stolen tags about 2:15 p.m. several blocks from the hospital.

In the 1800 block of E. Madison St., Detective Peter M. Haduch got out of his unmarked truck and ordered the driver to surrender.

Instead, the Buick surged and pinned the officer against the truck, said police spokeswoman Ragina C. Averella.

The driver then rammed another car, and the detective fired two shots at him, hitting him in the chest, Averella said.

Haduch, a 14-year veteran of the department, was treated at Hopkins for non-life-threatening injuries, Averella said. He will be assigned to administrative duties pending the outcome of a department investigation of the shooting, she added.

A witness, Lisa Breffe, 32, said she was sitting in her Jeep Cherokee about 30 feet away when she saw a police officer yell for a driver to "shut the engine off." But the driver gunned the car at the officer, she said.

"He was ramming them so hard," Breffe said.

Breffe said the officer broke the driver's side window with a night stick and began shooting.

When the officer opened fire, dozens of people were milling about at hot dog stands, coming out of a bank and walking down the street, Breffe said.

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