Police release details in shooting of man, 21

June 25, 2008|By Annie Linskey

Baltimore police released new details yesterday about last week's fatal police-involved shooting, including the name of the officer who shot a 21-year-old developmentally disabled man who police said had a gun.

The officer was identified as Evert A. Lufadeju, a nine-year veteran assigned to the Southwestern police district.

The victim's family said that a group of neighborhood men stormed into their home on Robinson Street about 2:40 a.m. June 17 and beat Bryant Worrell, 21, a recent graduate of the Central Career Center at Briscoe, a special-education facility in West Baltimore. The family called police and young men, including Worrell, ran from the house and continued to fight outside.

Police said they arrived to find two men fighting outside. Officers arrested one man and then talked to Worrell, offering to give him a ride to a safer place to spend the night, said Agent Donny Moses, a city police spokesman.

Worrell went into the house, Moses said. "He said he had to change his clothes," Moses said. When Worrell emerged, officers noticed that he was walking differently and suspected he might have a gun, Moses said. They searched him before allowing him to get into the police car, and Moses said they found a gun in his pants.

Police said Lufadeju and Worrell struggled for the gun, but Worrell refused to put it down. Police said Lufadeju shot Worrell several times. The wounded man ran through an alley behind his house, leaving a trail of blood, and collapsed in the 3100 block of E. Lombard St. police said.

It was the 14th time a city police officer has shot someone this year, and the 10th time a person has died as a result. Last year, police officers shot 32 people and killed 13.

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