Man charged in shooting of officer

Arundel policeman injured in pursuit of suspect, 22

July 17, 2008|By Gus G. Sentementes | Gus G. Sentementes,Sun reporter

Baltimore police yesterday charged a 22-year-old man in the shooting of an Anne Arundel County officer who was struck in his bullet-resistant vest during a running gun battle in South Baltimore on Tuesday, according to police charging documents released yesterday.

The suspect, Matthew Gonzalez of the 3600 block of St. Victor St., was arrested by county police shortly after the shooting of Officer Lee Joines that occurred near the suspect's home.

Gonzalez was charged with multiple counts of attempted murder, first-degree assault and handgun violations, according to charging documents.

County officers fired at Gonzales, but he was not struck. Joines, 30, who was not seriously injured, was treated and released from Maryland Shock Trauma Center, authorities said. Sgt. John Gilmer, spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Police Department, said Joines was placed on administrative leave while city police investigate the shooting.

The incident began about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 4100 block of Audrey Ave. in Anne Arundel County, a short distance from the city line. A witness called police to report that two men were acting suspiciously in a dark sport utility vehicle.

County officers arrived at the scene and began interviewing several men on the block when one of them began to run, according to the charging documents.

Near Sixth Street and Audrey Avenue in the city's Brooklyn neighborhood, police said, Joines fired his Taser at the man, knocking him to the ground. But the suspect was able to grab a handgun that fell and shoot at Joines and another officer, according to the charging documents.

At least one bullet struck Joines' in the torso, hitting the vest, and another hit his service weapon, the documents say.

Officers arrested Gonzalez a short distance away and took him to Anne Arundel County's Northern District station, where he was treated for minor injuries, the charging documents state. He was then taken to the Baltimore Police Department's homicide unit on Fayette Street, where he was again treated by a medic for minor abrasions, the documents say.

He was later taken to Central Booking and Intake Center for processing. His bail status could not be immediately determined yesterday.

According to court records, Gonzalez was convicted of attempting to distribute illegal drugs and of marijuana possession in November 2006 and sentenced to six months in jail. In May 2006, he was convicted of marijuana possession and spent 36 days in jail, court records show.

gus.sentementes@baltsun.com

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