Man shot outside Baltimore probation and parole office

Law officers in building detain person of interest; police say shooting was attempted robbery in nearby alley

January 30, 2013|By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun

A man was shot in the arm Wednesday in what Baltimore police said appeared to be a brazen robbery attempt outside a city parole and probation office.

Police said the shooting was unrelated to the Guilford Avenue Field Office and Region II Regional Office of the state Department of Corrections. It occurred across the street, in an alley just off the 2100 block of Guilford Avenue, Baltimore police spokesman Sgt. Eric Kowalczyk said.

Sometime before 1:15 p.m., a suspect fired a gun, striking the victim, who ran onto the probation office property, police spokesman Detective Vernon Davis said. People scattered, and General Services officers, who work inside the building for the Maryland Capitol Police, gave chase. Baltimore police soon responded as well.

Amid the frenzy, officers found the victim and detained a "person of interest," Davis said. Police are still looking for another person of interest, Kowalczyk said.

The victim's identity and condition was not known Wednesday afternoon. The location of the shooting was a block from Baltimore City Public Schools Police headquarters — demonstrating the brazenness of the shooter, police said.

"You've got school police headquarters right there," Davis said at the scene, "probation-parole right here."

No officers fired their weapons in the incident, police said. January has been a busy month for confrontations involving law enforcement in Baltimore.

Police shot a man in Northwest Baltimore on Tuesday, the third police-involved shooting since Friday. A police spokesman said officers told the man to drop a semiautomatic handgun. When he refused, police said, they shot him. He is expected to survive.

Police have not released the name of the officer or suspect while detectives investigate the shooting.

On Monday, an officer shot a man in West Baltimore after he came out of a home near Edmondson Avenue and Hilton Street with what appeared to be a concealed gun, police said. The man jumped into a sedan and drove in the direction of police. An officer shot him, and the man was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries. Police did not find the gun they believe they saw Monday night, and the incident remains under investigation.

Police on Wednesday released the names of the officers involved: Chris Szakolczai, 25, a one-year veteran; Charles Mewshaw, 31, a 21/2-year veteran; and Kevin Saliba, 26, a two-year veteran.

Police said all three fired their weapons and it is unclear who wounded the driver.

All three officers work in the Southwest District. None had been involved in an on-the-job shooting before, police said. The victim's identity in that case has not been released.

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