Woman shot by officer in Pikesville had fake weapon, police say

May 12, 2013|By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun

A woman shot Saturday in Pikesville by a Baltimore County police officer — after the officer thought she had pulled a weapon — turned out to be holding a replica of a semi-automatic handgun, according to police.

Police had responded to the 3100 block of Northbrook Road in Pikesville just before 2 a.m. for a call about a suspicious person. When the officer arrived, he saw a woman standing in front of the house and saw her throw a large rock at the house, which broke a window, police said.

Police initially reported the woman pulled out a handgun, and after the officer ordered her several times to drop it without response, the officer fired and the woman was shot multiple times to the upper body.

She was taken to a hospital and as of Sunday at 7 p.m. was in serious but stable condition, according to Cpl. Cathy Batton, spokeswoman for Baltimore County Police.

On Sunday, police said the woman threatened the officer with a "metallic replica of a large-caliber semi-automatic handgun."

Detectives have requested a mental health evaluation of the woman, police said, and filed charges of first-degree assault and obstruction of justice. Police declined to release the woman's name until charges have been officially confirmed.

Police said the officer involved in the shooting is an eight-year veteran with the department, identified only as Officer Small, assigned to the Pikesville Precinct.

On Sunday, Batton did not know whether the officer had been involved in any other shootings, and said a long-standing agreement with the police union prohibits the release of the officer's first name.

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