Officer Shoots Robbery Suspect

Wounded Man Was One Of 3 Who Assaulted Him After Shift Ended, Baltimore Police Say

July 24, 2009|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,peter.hermann@baltsun.com

A Baltimore police officer who had just ended his shift shot one of three men who tried to rob him at gunpoint at a bus stop one block from the Southern District police station early Thursday, a department spokesman said.

The 33-year-old officer, who has been on the force since October 2004 and is assigned to the Southern District, was off duty and standing at the stop in the 200 block of Cherry Hill Road shortly after midnight when three men - one armed with a handgun - tried to rob him, spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

The officer pulled out his service weapon and fired, striking one of the men in the forearm, Guglielmi said.

The three men ran away, but Guglielmi said one was arrested by the officer and another was in custody after he walked into a nearby hospital for treatment of his wound.

A third man is being sought.

No charges had been filed.

The identity of the officer was not immediately released.

Guglielmi said the officer was not in uniform at the time of the robbery attempt.

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