After walking off work detail, inmate shot in argument

Victim, 33, near end of 15-year sentence

May 19, 2011|By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

As Stanley Dunham neared the end of a 15-year sentence for attempted murder, prison officials had approved him for a work program that had him assisting in making deliveries around the region. Day after day for six months, he went out on his rounds, and each time returned to the facility.

But on Wednesday afternoon, officials say, the 33-year-old walked away from his supervisor at a Southwest Baltimore shopping center and got into an argument. He was shot twice, and was last reported in critical condition.

Rick Binetti, a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, said inmates selected for work detail programs are typically nearing their release date and have earned their way into the program through good behavior. Dunham was not restrained with handcuffs or leg shackles, per protocols, Binetti said.

A law enforcement source said Dunham walked away when his supervisor went into a fast-food restaurant in the 2400 block of Frederick Ave. In his few moments of freedom, police say, Dunham apparently got into an argument with another person inside a Shoe City store.

Prison officials said the Division of Correction immediately notified police of the walk-off, and said police in turn notified them about the shooting. They said no one was able to positively identify the victim, who had been rushed into surgery, as the missing inmate until Thursday morning.

Binetti said Dunham had been involved in the program since December 2010, making deliveries with a Division of Correction employee.

Homicide detectives were investigating the case because of the severity of Dunham's injuries and were reviewing camera footage, according to Detective Kevin Brown, a police spokesman.

The prison system's internal investigative unit was working with Baltimore police, and officials said the exact circumstances of the walk-off and shooting were unknown.

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