A city police officer shot early yesterday by one of two men he was questioning in West Baltimore has been placed on medical leave, while the men remained at large, authorities said.
Officer Mark Korman, 29, assigned to the Western District since 2000, was patrolling the 1400 block of Braddish Ave. about 1 a.m. when he spotted two men sitting on construction piping and stopped to question them, said Officer Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman.
When Korman asked for identifications, one of the men pulled out a handgun and shot Korman in the left side - the bullet lodging in Korman's body armor, sparing him more serious injury, Monroe said.
The officer returned fire as the two men fled, but it was not known whether he hit either of them, Monroe said.
Korman was released from Maryland Shock Trauma Center after being treated for a superficial injury, Monroe said.
Anyone knowing the identities of Korman's assailants is urged to call Detective Corey Alston at 410-396-2100 or the Western District at 410-396-2477.