Man sought in beating of woman, child is shot


August 08, 2007|By Gus G. Sentementes | Gus G. Sentementes,Sun reporter

Baltimore police said a man who is accused of beating his girlfriend and a child early yesterday -- and then was shot as he tried to elude officers -- had been wanted on a warrant for skipping court Monday on an assault charge.

Police were called to a home in the 3000 block of Thorndale Ave. in Northwest Baltimore about 4:20 a.m. for a report of domestic violence.

When officers arrived at the house, the man had left. Police officers broadcast a description of the suspect, and two other officers found the man hiding in a nearby alley in the 3000 block of W. Garrison Ave., according to Sterling Clifford, a police spokesman.

"Officers gave him repeated commands to come out," Clifford said. He said the man was hiding behind an oil drum. An officer perceived a threat, and both officers fired at the man, striking him once in a leg, Clifford said.

Initially, police had reported that the man had been shot in the house, but later yesterday morning they released corrected details. Clifford said he did not know the specific actions the suspect took that threatened the officers.

The man, identified as Ronald Bennett, 21, was taken to Sinai Hospital for treatment. A warrant had been issued for his arrest yesterday after he failed to appear in court to face a second-degree assault charge, Clifford said. Bennett also was on probation in a drug-related case, he said.

Police have not released the name of the officer who fired his weapon.

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