Arundel Officer Wounds Teen In Car Incident

July 01, 2009|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,Andrea.siegel@baltsun.com

An Anne Arundel County police officer shot and wounded the 16-year-old driver of a Dodge Durango who is accused of striking him twice early Tuesday, the second shooting by an Arundel officer in less than 24 hours.

Just before 3 a.m., an officer responding to reports of people tampering with a vehicle in the Ashley Apartment complex in Laurel arrived in the 3400 block of Andrew Court to find people in a Dodge Durango in a parking space.

The officer left his car, and the Durango backed up and struck the police car and the officer, police said. They said the officer shouted commands to the driver, but the Durango hit the officer again.

The officer ordered the driver to stop and get out. Police said as the driver stood at the door of the vehicle, he made a quick movement to his waistband. The officer fired at the driver and struck him twice.

The passenger ran away.

The teenage driver, identified as Zaton Jabeze Jacks of Hyattsville, has been charged with assault on a police officer, among other charges. He was taken to Prince George's Hospital Center with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening, police said.

The officer was taken to Baltimore Washington Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. Police spokesman James Fredericks said the officer is on paid administrative leave. He said the name of the officer probably would be released in a few days.

On Monday afternoon, Anne Arundel officers killed Imani Rashad Lee, 30, of Baltimore, who they said was threatening employees with a box cutter at a business park in Severn, near BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.

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