Man shot by Arundel officer is charged

October 18, 2006|By NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON

A motorist accused of driving his sport utility vehicle at an Anne Arundel County police officer -- and who subsequently was shot by the officer -- was released from a hospital yesterday and charged with assault and drunken driving.

Calvin Fitzgerald Johnson, 41, of Bowie was driving a white SUV at about 11:50 p.m. Sunday near Pine Cove Avenue and Town Center Boulevard when he was stopped by police on suspicion of drunken driving, police said. Officer Jason Parrotte, a three-year veteran of the force, requested Johnson's license and vehicle registration. But the car drove off, turned around and headed toward Parrotte, police said.

Two passengers jumped out of the SUV; they later cooperated with police. Parrotte fired four shots at the oncoming vehicle, piercing the windshield and the hood.

Johnson was struck twice in the abdomen, then drove away, police said.

Another officer, whose name has not been released, arrested Johnson in the 7600 block of O'Daniel Court in Severn and found that the man had been wounded.

Johnson was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. He is being held without bail at the Jennifer Road Detention Center.

Parrotte has been placed on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

Officer Sara Schriver, a county police spokeswoman, said officers are authorized to use deadly force if they feel their lives are in danger. She said that the state's attorney's office would determine whether the shooting was justified.

It was the fourth time this year that an Arundel police officer has shot a suspect.

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