Police say officer shoots man during home burglary attempt

Off-duty 18-year veteran of city force confronts suspect in his Dundalk residence

June 04, 2010|By Brent Jones, The Baltimore Sun

An off-duty Baltimore police officer shot a 26-year-old Baltimore man Friday morning who was attempting to burglarize the officer's Dundalk home, according to city and county police.

Antonio Lionell Fenwick of the 1900 block of E. Belvedere Ave. was found shot in the officer's living room about 6 a.m. in the 1800 block of Willow Spring Road, according to a preliminary investigation.

A county police spokesman said it was unclear whether the suspect was armed. Lt. Robert McCullough, the spokesman, said the man was going through the officer's belongings and was near police equipment when he was spotted by the officer, who came from his bedroom after hearing the commotion. The suspect was shot once in the upper body after a brief confrontation, McCullough said.

Fenwick was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition, McCullough said.

According to electronic court records, Fenwick had previously faced charges including theft, assault and armed robbery in 2001 but was not convicted.

The officer, who was not hurt during the altercation, is an 18-year veteran of the city Police Department, according to McCullough. He has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, which is being led by the county department.

brent.jones@baltsun.com

Baltimore Sun reporter Jessica Anderson contributed to this article.

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