Officers In Two Shootings Are Identified

July 15, 2009|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,andrea.siegel@baltsun.com

Anne Arundel County police on Tuesday afternoon named the officers involved in two of the three recent shootings, one of them fatal, by county police.

In a brief statement, police identified Lt. Harry Peterson, a 20-year veteran, and Officer Walter Sweeney, who has four years with the department, as the officers who were involved in the June 29 fatal shooting of Imani Rashad Lee, 30, of Baltimore.

Wielding a box cutter about 2:25 p.m., Lee was threatening people at Trojan Alarm Solutions, a business at the BWI Commerce Park in Severn, police said. Officers talked to him for about 20 minutes and he did not comply with their orders to drop the sharp-edged tool, they said. They believed a 26-year-old man from Sparks was in imminent danger, and Lee was shot.

The man from Sparks was later treated for cuts.

Less than 24 hours later, an officer shot and wounded Zaton Jabaze Jacks, 16, of Hyattsville. Police confirmed the identity of the officer as Dwayne Raiford, a four-year veteran of the department. The Baltimore Sun reported the name Tuesday morning, based on the statement of charges against Jacks.

In the charging documents, police said that they had gone to the Ashley Apartments in Laurel shortly before 3 a.m. June 30 because there was a report of someone tampering with a Dodge Durango.

When Raiford got out of his car, the Dodge Durango backed into him and his police car, the documents said. Raiford ordered the driver to get out of the Durango and show him his hands. The driver got out and moved a hand toward his waist area. Raiford shot him in the right knee and wrist, the charges said.

On Sunday, police shot and wounded Michael Anthony Housley, 51, at his home in Arnold, where police said they went at the request of officials at Anne Arundel Medical Center to check on Housley's wife.

The names of the officers involved have not been released.

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