Baltimore police shoot man carrying assault rifle

January 15, 2009|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,dick.irwin@baltsun.com

A man was shot last night after pointing a large-caliber Chinese assault rifle at a city police officer during a foot chase in the Better Waverly neighborhood in East Baltimore, a police spokesman said.

The gunman underwent surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where his condition was not available late last night. The officer, whose name was not made public, is a even-year member of the police force and is assigned to the Northern District's gang unit. He was not hurt.

Agent Donny Moses, the spokesman, said that about 9:20 p.m., police received a call of illegal activity in the 2700 block of Greenmount Ave. and approached a man holding a large duffel bag.

Moses said that as officers neared, the man ran down nearby streets and alleys with police in pursuit. In the 2700 block of Mathews St., Moses said, the man removed an SKS Chinese assault rifle from the duffel bag and turned toward the officer, who was a short distance away in front of several two-story townhouses.

Moses said the officer warned the man to drop the weapon, and when he refused, the officer fired one shot from his .40-caliber service weapon, hitting the gunman in the chest. The fully loaded assault rifle was found nearby, Moses said.

Last night's incident marked the second police-involved shooting this week. On Tuesday, a police sergeant shot a man outside a Northeast Baltimore convenience store when he refused to show his hands while seated in a car. After the shooting, police found a .22-caliber handgun in the car.

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