By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun
7:07 PM EDT, August 6, 2012
A 25-year-old man was shot by a city police officer in the parking lot of a Northwest Baltimore courthouse Monday morning after he fled while being taken into custody and tried to run down an officer with a vehicle, police said.
The incident occurred about 11 a.m. at the Borgerding District Court Building in the 5800 block of Wabash Ave. Col. Garnell Green, the commander of the homicide unit, said Tavon R. Williams had been detained at the courthouse on an open warrant and was shot in the arm as he attempted to flee. Nine people have been shot by city police this year, seven fatally.
At the Wabash Avenue courthouse, police said Williams, of the 3400 block of Mayfield Ave., had been placed in handcuffs and detained, but at some point asked to use the bathroom. His handcuffs were removed, and police said he used the opportunity to flee the courthouse and run into the parking lot, where he climbed into a silver vehicle, Green said.
Green said Williams drove at an officer, who fired three shots.
"Preliminarily, the investigation shows suspect tried to run the officer over, placing the officer in fear for his life," Green said.
A private security officer and sheriff's deputy had also given chase, Green said.
The suspect was able to leave the parking lot and fled southbound. With assistance from the helicopter unit, police located him more than three miles away in the 2300 block of Roslyn Ave., a residential street near Gwynns Falls Parkway.
Williams' injuries were not considered life-threatening, and he was taken to a local hospital for treatment, police said. Homicide detectives, who investigate all police-involved shootings, were interviewing witnesses.
Records show Williams has a history of traffic citations and was being sought for failure to appear on an April charge of driving without a seat belt and without a license, as well as a violation of probation on a 2011 drug possession conviction for which he received a suspended term of two years. Court records show Williams is also scheduled to face trial Sept. 26 on new drug charges.
Police said the officer who fired the shots was a 38-year veteran and would be identified, per agency policy, after 48 hours.
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