Police say man who stabbed wife is shot by officer


November 18, 2008|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Baltimore Sun reporter

Moments after a Baltimore man repeatedly stabbed his estranged wife near the Eastside District Court building yesterday afternoon, the man was shot and wounded by an off-duty city police officer, police said.

Cleaven Williams, 33, and his wife, Veronica Williams, 29, both of the 900 block of E. North Ave., have had domestic problems, and she had sworn out a warrant Nov. 9, charging her husband with assault, said Officer Nicole Monroe, a police spokesman. She said the couple was to appear at 2 p.m. yesterday for a custody hearing concerning their three children, but the hearing was postponed.

Another spokesman, Officer Troy Harris, gave this account: About 4:30 p.m., an off-duty Western District police officer in uniform was driving home when he observed a man standing over a woman and stabbing her in the neck outside the Walgreens drugstore in the 1300 block of E. North Ave. The officer got out of his personal car and approached the man while ordering him to stop. When the man refused, the officer used a Taser on him. The man continued to approach the officer in a threatening manner, and the officer fired his .40-caliber Glock semiautomatic service weapon, striking the man at least twice.

Two Fire Department ambulances took the man and the woman to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she was reported in critical condition but stable and he was treated for wounds that were not life-threatening. Charges are pending against Cleaven Williams when he is discharged, police said. The officer, whose identity was not released, was placed on administrative leave pending a review of the shooting.

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