Police Shoot Arnold Man

Incident Is 3rd Involving Arundel Officers, 1 Fatal, In 2 Weeks

July 14, 2009|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,andrea.siegel@baltsun.com

An Anne Arundel County police officer shot and wounded an Arnold man who had become angry Sunday evening, then grabbed a dining room chair and raised it over the head of another officer, who was on the floor, police said.

Police said Michael Anthony Housley, 51, of the 1000 block of Deep Creek Ave., was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. He was reported in critical condition Monday afternoon. The two officers who had gone to his home were treated for minor injuries at Anne Arundel Medical Center, said Justin Mulcahy, a police spokesman.

It was the third shooting by county police officers in two weeks; one of them was fatal.

Mulcahy said that before the shooting, officials at the hospital had asked police to go to the Arnold home to check on Housley's wife. Mulcahy said that by law, he could not reveal information about that request.

However, once at the house about 8:30 p.m., they spoke with Housley, who did not comply with their request to check on his wife, became belligerent and insisted that the officers leave, Mulcahy said. He said the man assaulted the officers. One officer feared that the other, on the floor, was in danger when the man grabbed a wooden chair and raised it over the officer's head, and so the officer shot him, Mulcahy said.

Police are charging Housley with two counts of second-degree assault, failure to obey a lawful order and resisting arrest, Mulcahy said.

There was no answer to telephone calls Monday at the Arnold residence.

Police did not release the name of the officer but said they would. Names are released when investigations are complete, police said.

In the other two shootings, on the afternoon of June 29, an officer killed Imani Rashad Lee, 30, of Baltimore, who they said was threatening employees with a box cutter in a business park near BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. Police have not released the name of the officer.

About 3 a.m. June 30, an officer wounded a 16-year-old in a Laurel parking lot. When the officer asked the youth to get out of a car that the officer suspected him of trying to steal and show his hand, the youth moved a hand toward his waist, police said. The officer shot him in the right knee and wrist, according to the statement of charges against Zaton Jabaze Jacks of Hyattsville.

Though police have not released the name of the officer who fired the gun, charging paperwork against Jacks identifies him as Dwayne Raiford. Mulcahy said he would not comment on that.

The Baltimore Sun reported in January that the Anne Arundel Police Department has released the names of officers who kill or injure people within 12 to 24 hours of the incident. However, when asked for names in the two shootings in June, police said the policy does not have a timetable for releasing that information.

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