Woman shot by officer threatened father, police say

51-year-old is listed in serious condition

November 20, 2003|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

A knife-wielding woman, who was shot and seriously wounded by a Baltimore police officer Tuesday afternoon, had earlier threatened her father with a knife, police said yesterday.

Alexandra Frederick, 51, who was shot in the second-floor apartment of her parents' home in the 2200 block of Hamilton Ave., was listed in serious condition yesterday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was shot twice in the stomach.

A woman who identified herself as Frederick's mother declined to comment yesterday.

Police said they received a call Tuesday at the Northeastern District station house from Frederick's father, Teofil Popowych, reporting that his daughter had picked up a knife and come after him in their house.

Three officers responded to the call about 1:30 p.m. and Popowych led them inside and unlocked the door to Frederick's second-floor apartment, police said.

Frederick came out of the apartment, holding a large knife, police said, then went back inside and returned with the knife and a bottle of salad dressing.

She threw the bottle at the officers and lifted the knife above her head in a stabbing motion, police said.

One of the officers, Melvin Jones IV, fired two shots, hitting Frederick twice. She closed the door and retreated inside the apartment, police said.

Officers summoned tactical teams who stormed into the apartment and found Frederick sitting on a couch. She scuffled with the officers who arrested her and had her taken to the hospital, police said.

Jones, 23, who has been on the force since June 2001, has been placed on administrative duties, police officials said.

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