Corrections officer injured while shooting attacking dogs

September 27, 2002|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

A veteran corrections officer wounded himself in the foot yesterday when he fired his gun at two attacking pit bull dogs in Southwest Baltimore, authorities said.

The officer, Sgt. Darren Gregory, 37, killed one of the dogs and seriously wounded the other during the incident outside a house in the 1800 block of Ramsay St., officials said. Gregory was visiting about 7:15 a.m. to see a man on home detention who was setting off his electronic monitor, said Leonard A. Sipes, a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

When Gregory arrived, the man's girlfriend locked the dogs in a room, Sipes said. But another woman inadvertently opened a door, allowing the dogs to get out, Sipes said.

The dogs attacked Gregory, forcing him outside and onto the ground, Sipes said.

When Gregory, a 12-year veteran, opened fire, a bullet apparently passed through a dog and hit him in the foot, Sipes said. He was being treated last night at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

The man Gregory was visiting - Lawrence E. Paschall, 22 - was serving the remainder of a six-month sentence for a weapons and narcotics conviction. He was returned to prison for violating the terms of his home detention, Sipes said.

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