Officer hurt, man dies in shooting

Police were investigating earlier Northwest incident

February 05, 2010|By Richard Irwin and Peter Hermann | Baltimore Sun reporters

A city police officer who saw combat in Iraq as a Marine was wounded and two men were shot, one of them fatally, during an exchange of gunfire early Thursday evening on a street of rowhouses in Northwest Baltimore, police said. The names of the wounded officer - a three-year member of the force - the dead man and his accomplice were not released.

About 7 p.m., at least two plainclothes officers were in the 3700 block of Oakmont Ave. near Reisterstown Road in the Central Park Heights neighborhood conducting field interviews after a nonfatal shooting on the same street Tuesday. The officers were walking down a grassy strip between homes when one of two men standing a few yards away on the front porch of a house opened fire, hitting one of the officers in the right forearm, police reported.

The wounded officer fired one shot at his assailant and at least one other officer also returned fire. Both men on the porch were hit by police bullets, and one of them died at the scene. The other wounded man ran into the house and was captured moments later. That man was taken by ambulance to Sinai Hospital. His condition was not available, police said.

As the scene filled with uniformed officers and detectives, police cars escorted a city Fire Department ambulance carrying the wounded officer to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. He was rushed into surgery and was reported in good condition, police said. "The wound was relatively minor," said Anthony Guglielmi, chief police spokesman.

Guglielmi said it was not immediately known whether either man shot by police was involved in the Tuesday incident, where a man was shot in the chest and survived. That shooting remains under investigation. He said Thursday's incident was the second police-involved shooting this year and the first that resulted in death.

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