Arundel officer shoots man


October 17, 2006|By NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON

An Anne Arundel County police officer shot a man who allegedly tried to run him over during a traffic stop in Severn, the fourth time this year a county police officer has shot a suspect.

The officer, whose name has not been released, stopped Calvin Fitzgerald Johnson, 41, of Bowie about 11:50 p.m. Sunday near Pine Cove Avenue and Town Center Boulevard on suspicion of driving under the influence.

The officer, a three-year veteran of the department, requested Johnson's license and registration. According to police, Johnson drove off, turned the vehicle around and headed toward the officer.

Two passengers jumped out of the car, police said. The officer fired at the vehicle and Johnson drove off.

Another officer pulled Johnson over in the 7600 block of O'Daniel Court in Severn and found Johnson had been shot twice in the abdomen.

He was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where police guarded his hospital room yesterday. Police are investigating the incident and no charges have been filed.

The officer has been placed on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Over a period of three weeks this spring, police shot three people, including a mentally ill college freshman wielding a pair of scissors.

Following calls for police to use a less lethal means of disarming dangerous suspects, a county patrol officer in July used a beanbag shotgun to subdue an apparently suicidal man.

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