Pregnant woman shot accidentally by officer

She is hit in the hand during weapons search

October 02, 2003|By Julie Bykowicz | Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF

A 14-year veteran of the Anne Arundel County Police Department accidentally fired his gun during a weapons search in Pioneer City yesterday morning, striking a pregnant woman's right hand, police said.

Michele Andrea Church, 33, was at the Curtis National Hand Center at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore yesterday, police said, and it appears the shooting will cause no complications to her pregnancy.

Police would not disclose the name of the officer yesterday because they wanted to give him an additional day to tell his relatives about the incident, said Lt. Joseph Jordan, a police spokesman.

The shooting occurred during a 4:45 a.m. search for weapons and suspects at Church's home in the 8500 block of Pioneer Drive in Severn, police said.

Officers saw two young men fire weapons indiscriminately into the air and enter Church's home about 2 a.m., police said. Several hours later, after obtaining a search warrant, a team of special-operations officers entered the home and the officer's handgun went off, Jordan said.

Officers recovered about $7,400 worth of suspected crack cocaine packaged for sale, two handguns and ammunition.

Police arrested Laronte Lee Richardson, 17, of First Street in Baltimore and Collin Anthony Davis, 17, of another home in the 8500 block of Pioneer Drive. Both are charged as adults with drug possession, possession of a handgun during the commission of drug trafficking and other charges.

The results of a police investigation into the shooting will be forwarded to the state's attorney's office for review, which is routine, officials said.

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