Man dies after being shot by city officer

January 16, 2009|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,dick.irwin@baltsun.com

A man who was shot by a city policeman during a foot chase Wednesday night in the Better Waverly neighborhood - when he was about to point an SKS Chinese semiautomatic rifle at the officer - has died, said a police spokesman.

Agent Donny Moses, the spokesman, said the man was shot once in the abdomen by the officer and died at 2:15 a.m. yesterday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The man's name is being withheld until family members are notified, Moses said. The officer was not hurt.

The pursuit began about 9:20 p.m. Wednesday when Northern District officers assigned to the district's gang squad responded to a report of illegal activity near a park in the 2700 block of Greenmount Ave. When the officers approached a man carrying a duffel bag, he fled and was pursued down several streets and alleys, Moses said. The man stopped in front of townhouses in the 2700 block of Mathews St. and was pulling out the rifle when the officer shot him from less than 10 feet away, police said.

The shooting remains under investigation by the city police homicide squad.

The officer, whose name was not released, was placed on administrative leave.

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