Man Held In Attack On Officer

Police Say Anne Arundel Officer Shot, Wounded Baltimore Highlands Motorist Who Hit Him With Car

September 27, 2009|By Laura Vozzella | Laura Vozzella,

A Baltimore County man is accused of eluding police in two counties early Saturday before turning up at a city hospital, seeking treatment for gunshot wounds inflicted by an Anne Arundel officer he tried to run over, police said.

Police said the episode began at 1:18 a.m., when Arundel officers on patrol in Glen Burnie noticed a Nissan Maxima with suspended Maryland plates. Police said they also learned that the car's owner had a suspended driver's license.

Eastern District officers pulled the car over on Crain Highway just north of Hospital Drive.

As one of the officers approached the car, the driver pulled back into the road, nearly hitting him, and fled, police said.

The officers alerted Arundel's Northern District, where police spotted the car, only to lose sight of it in the area of Interstates 695 and 895.

Because the vehicle registration listed an address in the Baltimore Highlands area of Baltimore County, Baltimore County police responded, but they did not find the Nissan. Then officers from Arundel's Eastern District came to that area, near Songbird Circle and McDowell Lane, in an unmarked police car. Within 30 minutes, they spotted the man on foot, police said.

When Arundel officers tried to arrest him, the man ran and got into a Toyota. Ignoring orders to get out of the car, he backed it up "erratically," ramming the unmarked Arundel car, which had an officer inside, police said. That officer was not injured.

The man then drove the car into another Arundel officer, who was on foot, police said. The officer fired several rounds at the man, who escaped in the Toyota, police said. That officer was treated for minor hand and leg injuries at Baltimore Washington Medical Center and released.

Shortly afterward, St. Agnes Hospital notified Baltimore City police that they had a patient with gunshot wounds. Police said they found that it was the man they had been chasing.

After being treated at the hospital for multiple gunshot wounds that were not life-threatening, Demekeo Reese Williams, 25, of the first block of Bluejay Court was charged with first- and second-degree assault and assaulting a police officer, police said.

He was released from the hospital and was being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center in lieu of $250,000 bail, said Cpl. Mike Hill, a Baltimore County Police Department spokesman.

Arundel police spokesman Justin Mulcahy did not immediately release the name of the Arundel officer involved in the shooting. The officer has been placed on administrative leave, which is routine, pending an investigation by Baltimore County police.

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