Man shot by police officer in Northwest Baltimore

He had fired at officer first, police say; listed in serious condition

October 23, 2012|By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun

A man was shot in the arm and upper body by a Baltimore police officer in the 3000 block of Spaulding Ave. in Northwest Baltimore on Tuesday night after firing at the officer while trying to flee the scene of earlier gunfire, according to police.

The man, who was not immediately identified, was listed in serious but stable condition at an area hospital late Tuesday, police said. His injuries were not considered life-threatening.

Officers with the Violent Crime Impact Section, which routinely patrols that area near Pimlico Race Course, responded to the scene about 9 p.m. after hearing gunfire, said Anthony Guglielmi, a police spokesman.

The man fired at officers while running from the scene, and one of the officers, who was also not immediately identified, returned fire, Guglielmi said.

No officers were injured, he said. A gun was recovered at the scene.

Shortly after the shooting, more than a dozen police officers, including some in street clothes and bulletproof vests, were on the scene. Homicide detectives also responded, as is standard procedure for police-involved shootings.

They gathered behind rowhouses near a large, gray building with a collapsed roof, where a worn dirt path cut through tall, unkempt grass.

Catherine Higginbotham, 75, whose rear door faces the abandoned building, said she and others in her home got under a table when they heard the shots. She said the collapsed garage has been abandoned for more than 15 years and attracts a bad element.

"I have been calling downtown for them to do something about it," the 31-year neighborhood resident said. "At least they could tear it down, do something to keep the drug people from going in and doing their thing."

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