Officer wounds man accused of attack with pointed stick

April 17, 2002|By Gerard Shields | Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore County police officer shot and seriously wounded a man who is accused of lunging at the officer with the pointed end of a broken broom handle yesterday morning.

The incident began shortly before 6 a.m. when police received several calls from the Kingsley Park Apartments in Middle River about a man assaulting residents and breaking windows.

Officers were sent to the 1600 block of Dartford Road, where they found Eugene William Rucker, 32, of no fixed address carrying two broom handles, one of which had been sharpened. Police said Rucker banged on one of the police cars, breaking a side-view mirror, and tried to run away when officers approached him.

When police confronted him a second time, he lunged at the officers, striking one in the chest with the sharpened stick, police said. The officer was wearing a protective vest and was not injured, police said.

As Rucker began to charge with the stick again, police said, the officer who had been struck fired two shots, one of which hit Rucker in the upper body.

Rucker was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was in serious but stable condition last night. No charges had been filed against Rucker, police said.

Rucker was shot by Officer James Price, who is in his second year with the department, police said. Price has been placed on routine administrative leave until the investigation into the shooting is completed.

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