Baltimore County Digest

Baltimore County Digest

June 21, 2006

Man shot after pointing gun at officer, police say

A 20-year-old man who aimed a gun at police was shot early yesterday by a county police officer in the Dundalk area, police said.

The man, who was not identified, was listed in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.

According to authorities, two men were playing basketball about 12:25 a.m. in the 7700 block of Wise Ave. when the 20-year-old man approached them asking to use a cell phone.

When the two men said they didn't have a cell phone, the man left. A short time later, he returned and forced Michael Rodgers, 28, of the first block of Leeway Road to leave the basketball court at gunpoint, police said.

They crossed the street and the gunman forced Rodgers to dial 911 at a McDonald's parking lot, police said.

"He forced the man to tell police that there was a man with a handgun in the parking lot," said Vickie Warehime, a police spokeswoman.

Shortly after officers arrived and ordered the man several times to put down his weapon, the man aimed a gun at Officer Edward W. Mikula, police said. Mikula fired one shot at the gunman, striking him in the stomach, according to authorities.

The gunman was flown to Shock Trauma. He is expected to survive, police said.

Police recovered the weapon and discovered it was a pellet gun that resembled a semiautomatic handgun, police said.

Mikula was placed on routine administrative leave, police said. Because he is hospitalized, the gunman has not been charged.

Nick Shields

Towson

Maryland Arts Festival opens Friday

The 25th annual Maryland Arts Festival begins Friday at Towson University with the first of seven performances.

The festival is scheduled to run through July 23.

An opening-night reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Grand Hall of the Center for the Arts, and will be followed by the opening of Beehive: The 60s Musical.

The festival consists of several performances, including Gypsy, a musical based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee; Tea for Three: Lady Bird, Pat and Betty, a one-woman play focusing on the challenges of being a first lady; and a night with the Capitol Steps, a group featuring political comedy, said David Bielenberg, the festival's executive director.

All performances are scheduled in the Center for the Arts, at Osler and Cross Campus drives. Information: 410-704-6055.

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