Officer shoots man carrying two knives

November 12, 2009|By Liz F. Kay and Peter Hermann | Baltimore Sun reporters

A city police officer responding to a domestic dispute shot a man who was carrying two knives Wednesday in East Baltimore after he ignored commands to drop the weapons and moved toward the officer, according to Anthony Guglielmi, a spokesman for the department.

Officers went to the 2700 block of Jefferson St. in the McElderry Park community about 6:30 a.m. to investigate a disturbance involving a mother and son, Guglielmi said.

Police had been called to the same address about 1:30 a.m. for a similar complaint and found the man "intoxicated but compliant," Guglielmi said.

In the latter incident, the son became belligerent, got into an altercation with the officer and pulled out two knives, the spokesman said.

"The officer ordered the suspect multiple times to drop the weapons," Guglielmi said. "After the suspect refused, he advanced toward the officer."

The officer fired one shot, hitting the man in the upper body, according to Guglielmi.

The suspect was in surgery at an area hospital. His condition was not immediately available.

Police did not identify the suspect or the officer involved in the shooting.

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