Man with knife is fatally shot by city officer

March 10, 2003|By Lisa Goldberg | Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF

A city police officer shot and killed a man who officers discovered hiding behind a water heater inside a Southeast Baltimore rowhouse yesterday after the man "came at him" with a knife, police said.

The officer was one of two called to a rowhouse in the 100 block of N. Decker Ave., about noon after residents there called police to report that the suspect in a sexual assault they had reported earlier was in the house, said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman. The two officers had also responded to the first call, Harris said.

When the officers arrived about noon, they initially couldn't find the man, Harris said. They eventually found the suspect, who police identified as Amin Agrof, hiding behind the water heater in the basement, Harris said. Harris said Agrof is believed to be from Sudan.

While one officer went upstairs to block the back door, the second officer ordered Agrof to come out from his hiding place, Harris said. Agrof was holding a knife when he came out, but when the officer ordered him to drop it, he instead "came at him," Harris said.

The officer fired once, hitting Agrof in the chest, Harris said. Agrof was pronounced dead at the scene.

"The officer feared for his life," Harris said.

Police identified the officer as Michael K. Tenant, 30, a six-year city police veteran assigned to patrol the Southeastern District. He will be placed on administrative duty during an investigation, police said.

Tenant was not injured but was taken to Mercy Medical Center to be examined for emotional stress, police said.

Yesterday's shooting took place on the same block where William Banks shot and wounded three youths who were sitting on the steps of an abandoned house next to his last summer. Banks has pleaded guilty to assault and handgun charges and is awaiting sentencing.

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