Drug suspect shot after car runs into officer

February 14, 2003|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A drug suspect was shot last night after striking a Baltimore County narcotics detective with his car during a stop on a street in Lansdowne, police said.

The suspect was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center for treatment of a bullet wound to the chest and was reported in serious but stable condition last night. The officer was treated at St. Agnes HealthCare for leg injuries. Their names were not immediately available.

The incident began about 8 p.m. when two Wilkens Precinct drug enforcement unit officers patrolling in an unmarked car stopped a green Ford Taurus in the 3100 block of Bero Road after receiving a tip that its two male occupants were suspected of selling narcotics, said Officer Shawn Vinson, a police spokesman.

The plainclothes officers were walking toward the front of the Taurus when its driver accelerated, striking one of them. Vinson said the injured officer fired two shots into the car, hitting the driver in the upper body.

Vinson said the Taurus sped down Bero Road but was stopped moments later on Bigley Avenue by other officers answering a call for help. A search of the car turned up narcotics, Vinson said, although he did not say what kind. The uninjured passenger was taken into custody, he added.

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