Crime Watch

September 05, 2007

Man in critical condition after officer shoots him

A man was in critical condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital yesterday after being shot by a Baltimore police officer who was trying to arrest him, a department spokesman said. It was the third time in less than a week that a city officer has shot someone.

The latest incident occurred about 11 p.m. Monday when Officer Bandele Charles, who has three years' experience in the department, was flagged down by a woman complaining of a domestic disturbance on North Wolfe Street just south of East North Avenue.

Sterling Clifford, a police spokesman, said Charles confronted a man at the scene and tried to arrest him. "The man got aggressive and violent toward the officer," Clifford said. "The officer fought back, and it reached a point where he was afraid for his life. He withdrew his service weapon and fired."

The spokesman said the 28-year-old officer fired several shots and hit the man at least once in the upper body. The man's name was not released pending criminal charges, Clifford said. Police said the man had a weapon, but they were unable to describe it, as the investigation continues.

On Saturday, a city officer shot and wounded a 16-year-old boy who police said threatened officers with a gun in East Baltimore. On Thursday, an officer fatally shot a man during a struggle for a gun on a Northwest Baltimore street, police said.

2 bodies found in city house

Autopsies were being performed on two bodies found early yesterday in a North Baltimore house, and police have ruled the deaths suspicious pending the results, police reported last night.

The bodies were about 8 a.m. in a dwelling in the 6100 block of MacBeth Drive near Chinquapin Parkway in the Lake Walker community, police said.

There were no obvious signs of foul play and police could not determine how long the people had been dead. Their genders and in what room or rooms in the house they were found also were not released by police.

Anyone with information is urged to call city homicide detectives at 410-396-2100.

Man fatally shot in Northeast

An man who was shot several times on a street in Northeast Baltimore last night has died at an area hospital, police reported.

No arrest had been made and police knew of no motive for the city's 211th homicide. The man's name was being withheld pending notification of his family.

Northeastern District police responding about 9 p.m. to a report of shots fired in the 2500 block of Garrett Ave. found the victim bleeding from bullet wounds to the head, neck and chest, said a police spokesman.

The victim was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he died a short time later, police said.

Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888 is offering a reward of $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and an indictment.

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