Man shot by officer had gun, police say

September 13, 2007|By Gus G. Sentementes | Gus G. Sentementes,SUN REPORTER

A Baltimore police sergeant shot and wounded a man who authorities said pointed a gun at officers as he tried to run from them early yesterday in Northwest Baltimore, a department spokeswoman said.

The sergeant and several officers were part of a crime suppression unit operating in the city's Park Circle neighborhood. About 3 a.m., they encountered a man who they thought might be armed, said Officer Nicole Monroe, the spokeswoman.

"At some point, [the officers] realized the man was armed," Monroe said. "And the suspect realized that [the officers] realized that he was armed."

The man ran from Reisterstown Road to the 3400 block of Park Heights Ave., northwest of Druid Hill Park, where he pointed a handgun at the officers, and a sergeant shot him, Monroe said.

The names of the sergeant and the suspect were not immediately available.

The man was taken to Sinai Hospital and treated for injuries that were not life-threatening, Monroe said.

It was the third shooting involving police in three days. Yesterday's incident pushed the number of such shootings this year to 27, nine fatal and 18 nonfatal. In all of last year, five people were fatally shot by officers and 10 were wounded, according to police statistics.

Street violence has been on the rise this year, and homicides are up sharply, to 215 compared with 191 in the corresponding period last year.

Police have been targeting violent offenders and trying to seize illegal handguns. Police districts deploy crime suppression units like the one that was operating in Park Heights this morning to target drug dealers and known offenders. The units are typically freed from responding to emergency calls.

Both shootings Sunday that involved police stemmed from domestic disputes. In one incident, a West Baltimore man was attempting to stab his brother when officers were called to a house in the 2500 block of Lauretta Ave. Police fatally shot the man after he chased and tried to stab his brother with a knife inside the house, police said.

The second incident followed reports of a domestic incident between a man and his former girlfriend in Southwest Baltimore. When police officers arrived, the man smashed a window and armed himself with a piece glass. When he refused to drop the glass, an officer shot him, the department said.

The man jumped out a window and ran several blocks before he was arrested, police said.

gus.sentementes@baltsun.com

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