Officer still in critical condition

April 02, 2006|By BRADLEY OLSON

A Baltimore police officer who was shot three times Thursday afternoon remained in critical condition after a second surgery yesterday, police officials said.

Dante N. Hemingway, 28, was shot in the neck, chest and stomach after a midday shootout in a public housing complex. Doctors were pleased with how the surgery went yesterday, police said, but Hemingway is likely to undergo a third surgery.

Jobrey Lodge, 20, was arrested Friday and charged with attempted murder in the shooting. Hemingway, who worked in the organized crime division's vice unit, primarily investigating prostitution, was on duty Thursday but not in uniform when he was shot three times, police said.

About 20 shots were fired in a gun battle between rows of two-story apartments in the Westport neighborhood, including 14 shots from Hemingway, who emptied his handgun, police said. Lodge was hit in the leg in the shootout.

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