Woman wielding knives is wounded

Officer shoots her as she chases her alleged rapist

January 07, 2003|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore police officer yesterday shot and wounded a knife-wielding 19-year-old woman who was apparently about to attack a man she later said had raped her, police said.

The woman, whose name was withheld by authorities, was hospitalized yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The man, Juan Carlos Black, 26, was arrested and charged with rape.

Police said officers responded to the rowhouse in the 100 block of S. Carrollton Ave. about 2:35 a.m. after receiving a call from a neighbor about a disturbance inside the rowhouse.

Officers knocked on the door and heard noises inside, police said. One officer walked around the side of the house, the other remained at the front door, police said.

Black, who was naked, opened the door and stepped onto the front steps, according to police. A woman wielding two knives then appeared in the hallway and began walking menacingly toward Black, police said.

Officer Jackson Chambers yelled for the woman to drop the knives, police said, but she refused and continued toward Black. Chambers fired one shot, hitting the woman in the stomach, police said.

After being wounded, the woman told police that the man had raped her, police said. Detectives discovered evidence yesterday that supported her account and arrested Black, who lived in the house where the shooting occurred, on rape and sex offense charges.

Chambers, who joined the force in 1998, has been assigned to administrative duties pending an internal investigation into the shooting.

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