Off-duty officer shoots two men

November 26, 2006|By Julie Scharper

An off-duty Baltimore police officer shot two men after they attempted to rob him in South Baltimore early yesterday, police said.

The officer was walking to his home at 3:40 a.m. when four men jumped out of an alley near Gittings Street and Battery Avenue, said police spokesman Troy Harris.

One man held a knife to the officer's neck and demanded money. The officer, who was not in uniform, fought the man off then shot him in the upper torso, Harris said.

The other men ran away. One jumped in a van and drove it directly toward the officer, who fired shots at him, police said.

The two suspects the officer shot were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The one who was shot in the torso was in critical condition. The van driver suffered graze wounds to the head, police said.

Police were still searching for the other two suspects. They have not released the identities of the hospitalized suspects or the officer. The officer has been placed on administrative duty pending an investigation, Harris said.

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