Man shot by police as he brandished stick dies

April 24, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A man who was shot by a Baltimore County police officer last week after he reportedly lunged at the officer with a pointed stick has died.

Eugene William Rucker, 32, of no fixed address, died Monday night at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said. Rucker was shot once in the upper body after police said he jabbed the officer with the pointed end of a broken broom handle.

On the morning of April 16, police received calls from tenants at the Kingsley Park Apartments in Middle River about a man possibly assaulting residents and breaking windows.

When police arrived, they said they found Rucker with two pieces of a broken broomstick in his hand. Rucker, who neighbors said had a history of mental illness, broke a police car's side mirror and tried to run when officers approached him.

When police confronted him a second time, Rucker struck Officer James Price in the chest with the sharpened stick, police said. Price was wearing a protective vest and was not injured.

As Rucker began to charge with the stick a second time, Price fired two shots, one of which hit Rucker in the upper body, police said. Price, in his second year on the force, remains on active duty while the department investigates the shooting.

An autopsy, yet to be scheduled, will be performed.

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