Man arrested in police-involved shooting that wounded two

A 37-year-old Baltimore man, who pleaded guilty to murder years ago, faces assault and resisting arrest charges

January 14, 2013|By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore police on Monday charged a 37-year-old man in connection to a police-involved shooting over the weekend that left two wounded.

Police said Theodore Smith, who lives on the 500 block of Rossiter Ave. in the Wiinston-Govans neighborhood, fought with an officer who was trying to clear a crowd outside a Homeland neighborhood take-out business early Sunday.

The officer moved to disperse the crowd that had gathered in the 5400 block of York Road when he got into a physical struggle with Smith, who refused to show identification, police Det. Jeremy Silbert said. During the struggle, police said the officer fired his weapon.

Two people were struck after the officer fired a single shot, according to police, including a 21-year-old man who was expected to survive and a 37-year-old woman who may have suffered a graze wound. Police did not identify the wounded, and said they would not release the name of the officer involved until 48 hours — a department policy.

Homicide detectives are investigating, as is customary for all police shootings. Smith faces charges of first degree assault, two counts of second degree assault and resisting arrest.

In 1992, Maryland court records show, he was arrested but not prosecuted on charges of assault with intent to murder, assault, handgun and reckless endangerment charges. He also pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and use of a handgun in 1993 for a crime in which he was listed as a co-defendant in court records. He received a 30 year sentence with 15 years suspended, records show.

Then 17, police said Smith was the ninth person arrested for an Aug. 23, 1992, shooting that left two people dead and six others wounded. Donald Daneman, the Baltimore attorney who represented him, did not remember the details of the two-decade-old case. It was not known who was representing Smith on Monday and an attempt to reach a relative was not successful.

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