By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun
1:44 PM EST, December 19, 2012
An off-duty Baltimore County police officer's weapon fired twice outside an Overlea party earlier this month, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.
The officer had stopped near the intersection of Dale Avenue and Danville Road when he encountered a large group of people blocking the street and attempted to drive past when he himself was shot, police said.
"We still have not determined the context in which the weapon was fired," said Elise Armacost, a police spokeswoman. She said the officer was not shot with his own weapon, and that police could not say if the officer fired his own weapon.
The officer has not been identified for safety reasons, she said, saying police still have not identified any suspects. "It's a very active investigation," she said.
Officers were first called to Dale and Kenwood avenues at about 3:30 a.m. Dec. 9, for a large crowd and later found the wounded officer nearby on Dale Avenue and Danville Road.
Armacost said the officer did not attend a party in the neighborhood, but that he was driving home, when he encountered a large group of people blocking the street.
When he attempted to pass, police said a male emerged from the crowd with a gun and fired several shots into the victim's car, striking him twice.
The officer was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center with non-life threatening injuries and was released the same day.
On Wednesday, police also identified the officer shot at St. Joseph Medical Center as Rosa Park, a three-year veteran assigned to the Towson Precinct. Police determined the officer did not fire the weapon and therefore the department will not complete internal investigation.
The officer struggled over her gun with Brian Dargan, 30, who had been arrested earlier that day for a burglary. Dargan's left hand was restrained to a gurney rail when he produced a needle and attempted to grab the nurse who was treating him. When the officer tried to intervene, Dargan reached for her weapon. Hospital security was able to take the weapon from Dargan, who has since been charged with attempted second-degree murder.
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