Suspected stalker wounded by police

Intended victim was in hospital, police say

January 28, 2010|By Richard Irwin |

A man suspected of stalking a patient at Union Memorial Hospital was shot Wednesday night outside the hospital by two members of the Regional Warrant Apprehension Task Force, part of a police contingent that staked out the facility after learning the man was in the area, said a police spokesman. The man's name was not released.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said a warrant was issued in mid-January charging the man with attempted murder after a stabbing outside a Royal Farms store in the 1000 block of W. 36th St. in Hampden. The victim was taken to Union Memorial Hospital and admitted. Guglielmi declined to describe the victim, but a police source said it was a woman and that the stabbing was domestic-related.

Guglielmi said police learned the man might try to confront the victim in the hospital Wednesday and stationed police officers around the hospital. Hospital security officers also were alerted. About 8:15 p.m., two detectives 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, forcing at least one of the officers to shoot the man in a leg with his .40-caliber Glock semiautomatic handgun. Though wounded and still combative, the man was hit a second time with a Taser and subdued, the spokesman said. 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, 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.

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