Man shot by police still in grave condition

April 11, 2008|By Annie Linskey | Annie Linskey,sun reporter

A man shot by city police in West Baltimore Wednesday night remained in critical condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.

The man was shot after he fired at an officer, police reported. The officer, assigned to the Southwestern District and whose name was not released, was not hit in the 10:40 p.m. shooting that occurred on Westwood Avenue at Poplar Grove Street.

Police said two detectives heard a gunshot and saw a man run by. One detective chased the man, while the other followed in an unmarked car, said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman.

The suspect ducked into an alley off the 1700 block of Gertrude St., near Presbury Street in the Rosemont community. The detective on foot followed while the detective in the car blocked the alley from the other end, police said.

The gunman fired a shot at the officer on foot, police said, but missed. The officer returned fire with his .40-caliber semiautomatic Glock handgun, hitting the man at least once, police said. The victim was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Also, Sterling Clifford, a city police spokesman, said yesterday that detectives had no update on a shooting involving police officers that occurred Sunday.

The spokesman said investigators have not been able to determine whether two members of the citywide tactical unit shot Kevin Ruffins, 23, of no fixed address. Ruffins was in the midst of a shootout with another man at the 3100 block of McElderry St. on Sunday evening when at least one officer opened fire.

Ruffins died from gunshot wounds at Johns Hopkins Hospital later that night. The officers' names have not been released.

annie.linskey@baltsun.com

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