Man shot by police after officer is hurt in chase into Baltimore

Driver fled during attempt to pull him over in Arundel

October 11, 2002|By Gabriel Baird | Gabriel Baird,SUN STAFF

A 35-year-old man was in critical but stable condition yesterday after being shot multiple times by Anne Arundel County and Baltimore police after a chase from Glen Burnie to Baltimore that injured an officer.

Anne Arundel Officer Clarence Whitlow was treated and released from Harbor Hospital in Baltimore after being struck by Merle T. Batts' car, said Officer Troy Harris, a Baltimore police spokesman.

Police say Batts, for whom they had no previous address, fled county officers trying to pull him over when they responded to an alarm at Tweeter Audio and Video on East Ordinance Road in Glen Burnie.

The chase led into Baltimore, where it was joined by Southern District city police and the driver lost control of his dark-colored pickup truck at Ninth Street and Chesapeake Avenue.

"At that point, Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County police officers tried to take the suspect out of the vehicle," Harris said.

The man then struck Whitlow with the pickup, Harris said.

"At this point, officers were fearing for their lives. They fired into the car, striking the suspect multiple times," he said.

Police plan to take Batts into custody when he is released from Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Harris said.

Harris would not release the names of the officers who fired their weapons, but said that both have been placed on routine administrative leave until city police complete their investigation of the shooting.

A female passenger in Batts' car was taken into custody and questioned, then released without being charged, Harris said. He would not release the woman's name.

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