Officer shoots knife-wielding man

July 19, 2006|By GUS G. SENTEMENTES | GUS G. SENTEMENTES,SUN REPORTER

A city police officer shot and wounded a knife-wielding man yesterday after efforts failed to subdue him with Mace and a stun gun, according to a police spokeswoman.

Southwestern District Officer Raford D. Moten fired two shots at Tony Yarborough, striking him once in each arm during a tense standoff at a home in the 4000 block of Woodridge Road in Southwest Baltimore, the spokeswoman said.

Officers were called to the house about 12:20 p.m. after receiving reports that a man bent on suicide was there. When officers arrived, they found a man with a slash wound across his chest holding a knife, while other relatives were in the house, said Officer Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman.

A sergeant with tactical training in the use of nonlethal weapons ordered officers to spray the man with Mace, but the chemicals had no effect, Monroe said. Officers also used a stun gun on the man, but he continued to hold onto the knife, she said.

Police said the man ignored commands to drop the knife and began to advance on the officers. Moten fired two shots, hitting Yarborough once in each arm. He was transported by paramedics to Maryland Shock Trauma Center with nonlife-threatening injuries, police said.

"The officers used tremendous restraint and ... did not escalate in their force until they were left with no choice," Monroe said. "They were not just fearing for their own safety, but fearing for the safety of individuals in the home."

Moten has been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of an internal police investigation into the shooting, Monroe said.

gus.sentementes@baltsun.com

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