Man critically injured in city police shooting

July 12, 2008|By Julie Bykowicz

A city police officer responding to a call for an assault shot and critically wounded a man early yesterday in North Baltimore, according to a department spokesman.

The incident occurred about 2 a.m. when officers were called to a fight at Cold Spring Lane and York Road. People there directed the officers to the nearby 500 block of Richwood Ave., where, spokesman Sterling Clifford said, they encountered a man armed with a knife.

Clifford said the man charged the officers, and one officer fired his weapon and hit the man once in the chest. The man was taken to a city hospital in critical condition, Clifford said. Additional details, including the wounded man's name, were not disclosed.

The shooting comes about a week after city police officers shot three people, killing two, after a July 4 celebration outside a union hall near Carroll Park on Bush Street. Police said the men had been shooting their guns and refused to drop the weapons when police arrived.

This year, city police have shot and killed 12 people. In all of last year, city police shot and killed 13 people.

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