11/16/2007

Balt. officer shot; suspect killed

By Richard Irwin
Sun reporter

BALTIMORE, Md. — A man was killed and a Baltimore police officer was shot in the leg yesterday evening during a shootout just south of the Orangeville Industrial Area in East Baltimore, police said.

About 10:30 p.m., members of the citywide SWAT team on routine patrol were among police searching for a man who, for no apparent reason, had abandoned a vehicle and was eluding officers, said acting Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III.

Bealefeld, who arrived at Maryland Shock Trauma Center shortly after the officer was brought in, said members of a SWAT team were in the 600 block of N. Bouldin St. looking for the man when they spotted him hiding under a van parked in front of several rowhouses on a normally quiet street.

The confrontation was less than a block from St. Matthew's United Methodist Church in the 3300 block of E. Monument St.

Bealefeld said that when the officers closed in on the man and ordered him to come out from under the vehicle with his hands in the air, the man opened fire with a semiautomatic handgun, striking one officer in the right leg.

At least one of the officers opened fire, hitting the man several times..

Numerous officers from the Southeastern and Eastern districts responded and blocked off several streets surrounding the shooting scene. At least two city Fire Department ambulances also responded.

Police spokesman Donny Moses said the suspect, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead at the scene.

He said a handgun believed used to shoot the officer was recovered near the dead man.

The wounded officer, whose name was not released last night, is an 11-year veteran of the police force. He was taken by ambulance to Shock Trauma, where he underwent surgery for a bullet wound that was not life-threatening.

This year, city police have shot 31 people, killing 12, including last night's police-involved shootings. In all of 2006, city police shot 15 people, killing five.

Copyright 2007 The Baltimore Sun

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