City officer wounds driver of car that he believed was aimed at him

April 22, 2007|By Kelly Brewington | Kelly Brewington,Sun reporter

A police officer shot a man yesterday morning in Southwest Baltimore after he attempted to strike the officer with his car, according to police.

Ernest McMillon Jr., a patrol officer in the Southwestern District who has been with the department since 2004, shot the suspect in the thigh, said Officer Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman.

McMillon, 33, was placed on administrative leave until police complete an investigation into the shooting, as is department policy.

The driver was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was treated for injuries that were not considered life-threatening, officials said. Police said they were withholding the man's identity, pending the filing of charges against him.

The shooting took place about 9:30 a.m. in the 300 block of S. Bentalou St. after police attempted to stop a motorist who was speeding and driving erratically on streets behind the Westside Shopping Center on Frederick Avenue, Monroe said.

When police tried to block off streets in the area, the driver got around the stops, traveling the wrong way on Furrow Street. At one point, he put his car into reverse and crashed into McMillon's patrol car, Monroe said.

McMillon got out of his patrol car, yelled for the man to stop the car and shouted to bystanders to move away from the area. When the man aimed the car toward the officer, McMillon shot him, she said.

Monroe said no bystanders were injured.

kelly.brewington@baltsun.com

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