A man suspected of stalking a patient at Union Memorial Hospital was shot outside the medical facility Wednesday night by two members of a warrant task force who were staking out the institution after learning he was inside, according to a police spokesman.
The man's name was not released; he was being treated at a different hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
Anthony Guglielmi, the spokesman, said a warrant was issued in mid-January charging the man with attempted murder after he stabbed a person outside a Royal Farm store in the 1000 block of W. 36th St. in Hampden.
The victim was taken to Union Memorial Hospital and admitted. He declined to describe the victim, but a police source said a woman suffered injuries and that the stabbing was domestic related.
Guglielmi said police learned that the stabbing suspect might try to confront the victim in the hospital, and stationed police officers around the perimeter. Hospital security officers also were alerted.
About 8:15 p.m., two squad detectives with the Regional Warrant Apprehension Task Force were outside the main entrance of the hospital on University Parkway and near a picnic area when they confronted the man and warned him to stop.
Guglielmi said the man ignored their warnings and lunged at the officers with a knife and was hit with a Taser. He said the Taser failed to subdue the man, and at least one of the officers shot the man in a leg with his handgun. Though wounded, the man was still combative, Guglielmi said, and police used the Taser a second time and subdued him. Neither officer was injured.
From the hospital, the man was taken by a city Fire Department ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and was reported in good condition.
Richie Nolan, 47, a resident of the Marylander Apartments complex located across the street from the hospital, said he heard at least one gunshot and seconds later saw several police cars converge in front of the hospital.
"At first, a friend of mine said it was the lid of a trash compactor closing, but I knew it was a gunshot," Nolan said.