Crime Watch

October 30, 2007

Teen shot by officer dies at Sinai Hospital

A 15-year-old Baltimore County boy was fatally shot by a city police officer last night when he pulled a loaded handgun from his waistband during a routine interview with the officer in Northwest Baltimore, a city police spokesman said.

Ralph Simmont of the 7900 block of Scotts Level Road in Randallstown died at Sinai Hospital at 10:25 p.m., more than four hours after he was shot by the officer in the 4100 block of Labyrinth Road near Reisterstown Road, said Agent Donny Moses, the spokesman.

After the shooting, the officer, whose name was not released, was placed on administrative leave, Moses said.

Shortly before 6 p.m., a Northwestern District uniformed officer was patrolling near Reisterstown and Labyrinth roads, about two blocks from the Reisterstown Road Plaza, when he saw three teenage boys acting suspiciously, Moses said. He did not elaborate.

Moses said that the officer got out of his patrol car and asked the boys to stop. He was standing a few feet from the teens and interviewing them when one of the teens suddenly pulled out a handgun.

Moses said the officer pushed off the armed youth, retreated a few steps and pulled his service handgun - a .40-caliber Glock semiautomatic - and fired at least one shot, hitting the teen with the gun in the lower torso.

While the officer summoned an ambulance, he detained the other two youths and requested backup units. Moments later, several other police officers arrived and cordoned off the shooting scene.

Moses said the handgun the youth had was recovered at the scene.

He said the teen was taken by ambulance to Sinai Hospital, where he was originally reported in serious but stable condition.

Moses said the other youths were taken to the police station, where they were interviewed by detectives. He said neither the wounded youth nor his companions were in possession of drugs or other weapons.

Richard Irwin

Two stabbed; man is charged

Howard County police arrested a West Friendship man and charged him with attempted murder and first-degree assault after two women were stabbed early yesterday at a Jessup hotel.

Police said they found the man, Robert Charles Logan, 23, a short distance from the Red Roof Inn in the 8000 block of Washington Blvd., after receiving information from witnesses. Police said 20-year-old Kayla Lauren Miller of Severn, and Joni Lynn O'Conner, 44, of Jessup suffered nonlife-threatening injuries.

Police said Miller was flown from the hotel to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. In interviewing Miller, police said they learned that another woman had been stabbed in the incident but had fled. O'Conner was located at another area hotel and also was taken to Shock Trauma, police said.

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