Baltimore officer accidentally shot in drug raid

Baltimore County officer placed on administrative leave

December 05, 2011|By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

A Baltimore police officer was shot in the arm by a Baltimore County officer Monday afternoon while in Odenton serving a warrant with a law enforcement task force, police said.

The city officer, who was not identified, was shot about 2:15 p.m. in the 100 block of Pinecove Ave., in a townhouse community east of Fort Meade, officials said. The injury was described as a "through and through" wound and was not considered life-threatening, though he was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center as a precaution.

Police arrested Vernon Andre Jackson, 38, at the scene. Justin Mulcahy, a spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Police Department, said Jackson was carrying 27 pounds of marijuana and was arrested outside the home. Mulcahy said the arrest was part of a continuing drug investigation by a regional task force.

While officers were securing the inside of the residence, an unidentified Baltimore County police officer discharged his weapon, striking the city officer, Mulcahy said. The circumstances were unclear, but Mulcahy said investigators believe it was an accident.

"The details surrounding that are what we're trying to sort out," he said.

Elise Armacost, a Baltimore County police spokeswoman, said the county officer has been placed on routine administrative leave as Anne Arundel police investigate the circumstances of the shooting.

According to court records, Jackson was convicted of federal drug charges in 2003 and sentenced to nine years in prison. Records show his sentence was later reduced after revisions to federal crack-cocaine sentencing guidelines.

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