Teen-ager fatally shot behind school is identified

Boy, 14, died in struggle with officer, police say

April 09, 2002|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A boy who was fatally shot early Saturday behind a Northeast Baltimore elementary school during a reported struggle with a school system police officer was identified yesterday as a 14-year-old from the Chinquapin-Belvedere neighborhood, where the school is located, city police said.

Police said the victim, Samuel Fitzgerald, and an unidentified youth were standing behind Leith Walk Elementary School on Sherwood Avenue about 1 a.m. when they were approached by Officer Marlon Lynch, who was making his routine rounds of city schools.

Police said that while Lynch, a school police officer for two years, was talking to the pair, a struggle broke out and his large-caliber semiautomatic service weapon discharged when he tried to take it from his holster.

A bullet struck Samuel in the back of the head and the other youth fled, police said.

Police said the boy, who lived two blocks from the school in the 1200 block of Gleneagle Road, was rushed by ambulance to Sinai Hospital, where he died nearly 13 hours later.

Lynch has been on administrative leave while the city police homicide unit and the state's attorney's office review the shooting.

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