Boy, 16, shot by city policeman after allegedly attacking officer

December 19, 2003|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore police officer shot and wounded a 16-year-old boy in the Bolton Hill neighborhood yesterday morning after a fight in which the teen-ager cut the officer's eye with a knife, police said.

The incident began about 5:25 a.m. when Officer Christian Schaeffer responded to a call in the 200 block of W. Lafayette Ave. about a suspicious person. The neighborhood has been troubled recently by vandals who have slashed tires and broken windows on houses and vehicles, police said.

As he spoke to neighbors, Schaeffer spotted somebody walking out of an alley and approached him. It was a 16-year- old boy.

The officer and the boy got into a scuffle, police said, and the teen pulled out a knife and cut one of the officer's eyes. The officer then opened fire with his service handgun, hitting the boy twice - once in the chest and once in an arm, police said.

The boy, identified by police as Kenneth Hamilton of the 2000 block of Park Ave., was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was listed in good condition, police said.

Schaeffer, 27, who joined the force three years ago, was taken to the Wilmer Eye Institute at John Hopkins Hospital. The extent of his injury is not known. He has been placed on routine administrative duties, as is always the case after a shooting.

Some residents of the 200 block of W. Lafayette Ave. were unfazed by news of the shooting.

"It doesn't unnerve me at all," said Jake Boone, a 15-year resident. "Things happen everywhere."

Sun staff writer Jamie Stiehm contributed to this article.

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