A 56-year-old Baltimore police officer, suspended yesterday after his arrest on sexual child abuse charges, shot and critically wounded two of his superiors before killing himself today at police headquarters.
He was at the station to attend a hearing on the suspension, police said.
The dead officer was identified as Calloway F. Hatcher, a veteran of 27 years on the force, currently assigned to the headquarters mail room.
His supervisor, Major Peter C. Shaulis, 59, director of the Central Records Division and a 33-year veteran, suffered a gunshot wound over his right eye. He was taken to the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore, where he was listed in critical but stable condition.
The third officer, Lt. Michael H. Waudby, 41, a 20-year veteran and Central Records supervisor, was shot in the chest.
Waudby was taken to the Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.
Both men were conscious when they left police headquarters. Witnesses nearby said they could hear Waudby screaming, "Make the pain go away!"
A police clerk who was with Shaulis when he was shot was not injured, police said.
The shootings occurred in Shaulis' office, and in an adjoining conference room, in the Central Records Division, on the fourth floor of the headquarters building on East Fayette Street.
Police spokesman Dennis Hill today described Hatcher as "convivial. . . an individual who virtually everyone in this building knew. He is the kind of guy who would walk by any precaution you would set up and you wouldn't think twice about it."
A veteran homicide detective said of Hatcher, "This is the nicest guy in the world. It's totally out of character. I mean, shocking ain't the word."
TTC Hill said Hatcher was arrested yesterday in the police mail room and charged with the repeated sexual molestation of a young relative over a 4-year period. He was immediately suspended, stripped of his .38-caliber service revolver, his badge and police identification. He was later released on his own recognizance.
Today, just before 9:30 a.m., Hatcher appeared at the headquarters' Fayette Street entrance, Hill said. He spoke to Officer Charles E. Ireland Jr., who was assigned to security at the entrance.
Ireland said Hatcher showed him a plastic bag he was carrying, which contained a revolver similar to a police weapon. Hatcher told Ireland he was there for a suspension hearing, and to turn in his gun. Ireland said he looked in the bag, saw that the gun was unloaded, with its cylinder open, so he signed Hatcher in and allowed him to proceed to the 4th floor.
On the 4th floor, Hill said, "We assume he [Hatcher] threw the bag away and stuck the gun under his shirt."
Hatcher then entered Shaulis' office in the northeast corner of the building, and fired four shots, Hill said.
Shaulis was struck over the right eye. He was found conscious, sitting in his office chair, surrounded by blood.
Waudby was struck in the chest, and staggered about 100 feet out into a hallway, where he collapsed.
Hatcher then went into the conference room adjoining Shaulis' office, where he shot himself in the head. The gun was later determined to be Hatcher's personal weapon.
As the shots rang out, workers in the Central Records Division dove to the floor and tried to hide behind desks.
Shirley Wiley, a civilian police employee for 23 years, said, "I heard. . . three shots," she said. "Then I got down on the floor. Then somebody said it was in the conference room, and that's when I hit [ran down] the steps."
Mike Schiefer, an employee of Eastern Foods, was filling vending machines near the shooting scene.
"I heard gunshots, and everybody was screaming and hollering and running. And that's what I did. I left my machines open and I ran down the hall," he said.
Immediately after the shots were fired, a Signal 13 was broadcast for the 4th floor of police headquarters. Signal 13 means an officer needs immediate help.
Officers who heard the call rushed to the 4th floor, crouched down, with guns drawn. They could see Shaulis, but did not immediately know that the gunman had killed himself, who, or where he was.
Finally, accompanied by Police Commissioner Edward Woods, they entered the conference room and found Hatcher.
Hill said a half-dozen police employees were treated in the department's infirmary for hyperventilation and shock following the incident.
City police immediately launched a three-pronged investigation of the incident, Hill said.