Teen shot by undercover police officer

September 02, 2007|By Laura McCandlish

An undercover police detective shot a 16-year-old boy in the shoulder early yesterday after the youth threatened officers with a gun, according to a city police spokesman.

The boy is being treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital, said Agent Donny Moses.

The teenager starting fleeing on a bicycle when approached by plainclothes officers about 1:40 a.m. at Jefferson Street and North Belnord Avenue in McElderry Park, Moses said. The officers chased him several blocks before he crashed his bike as they cornered him in the 2700 block of Jefferson St., Moses said.

Police said the teenager pointed a handgun at the officers as he got up from his bike. A detective then fired, striking the youth in the shoulder, Moses said.

The teenager continued to run and threw his gun onto a rooftop as he was being caught. The gun, a stolen Army-issue Colt .45-caliber semiautomatic, was retrieved with help from the Baltimore City Fire Department, Moses said.

Police did not release the name of the teenager or the detective involved in the shooting.

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