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Intended robbery victim shoots suspect in neck

BALTIMORE -- An armed robbery in Northwest Baltimore ended in gunfire yesterday when the intended victim shot his assailant in the neck and chased an accomplice.

Darnell Adams, 22, of the 3800 block of Cottage Ave., was in fair condition last night at Sinai Hospital. Police said he may be paralyzed.

Northwestern District Police Officer Mychael B. Thompson said that Mr. Adams and another man tried to rob Matthew H. Coleman Jr., 24, of gold chains and merchandise he had just bought at Mondawmin Mall. The incident occurred as Mr. Coleman walked to his home in the 2900 block of Elgin Ave. about 2:50 p.m. in the 3000 block of Tioga Parkway, near Gwynns Falls Parkway, police said.

Officer Thompson said one suspect had what is believed to be a starter's pistol. When the pair grabbed Mr. Coleman's chains, he fired four shots from a .25-caliber handgun, hitting one suspect once, the officer said.

Mr. Coleman chased but lost the other man. Police said Mr. Coleman was injured in the back of his head, but they were not sure how. Mr. Coleman was charged with assault with intent to murder and other offenses.

Police said charges are pending against Mr. Adams.

Police arrest city man in his wife's slaying


BALTIMORE -- A Northwest Baltimore man was charged yesterday in the fatal shooting of his wife, one of two homicides in the city over the weekend.

Police said Everett C. Pratt, 40, was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of Hattie Pratt, 47, at their house in the 2000 block of N. Longwood St.

The couple's daughter found her mother's body and reported the shooting about 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Mrs. Pratt had been shot once in the back with a handgun.

Mr. Pratt was arrested at an apartment in the 900 block of Argyle Ave. He was charged yesterday after interviews with homicide detectives, who said last night they had no motive for the slaying.

Yesterday, James Foster, 26, of the 1800 block of N. Durham St., was shot while sitting in a car in the 2100 block of E. Madison St. Police found the victim about 1:20 a.m. after residents reported hearing gunshots.

He was pronounced dead at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Police had no suspects or motive last night.

Officer seriously injured in Ocean City drug bust


SALISBURY -- An Ocean City police officer was released from Peninsula Regional Medical Center yesterday after suffering serious facial injuries while trying to make an off-duty drug arrest Saturday.

Officer Scott Bernal, 30, saw three males throwing things near the Monticello Hotel, Third Street at Baltimore Avenue, about 4:45 a.m. Saturday, police said.

When he approached, one ran. While Officer Bernal questioned the other two, he found marijuana, police said. The two beat and kicked Officer Bernal, then ran.

Officers found two suspects hiding nearby. A third was arrested Saturday evening.

Jeffrey A. Murtha, 22, and John J. Dobrzynsky Jr., 20, both of Wilmington, Del., were charged with assault and battery, and assault with intent to maim. A 16-year-old, also from Wilmington, was charged with assault and possession of marijuana.

Mr. Murtha and Mr. Dobrzynsky were being held in the Worcester County Detention Center in Snow Hill in lieu of bail of $25,000 and $35,000, respectively. The 16-year-old was referred to juvenile authorities.

Salisbury man charged in slaying


SALISBURY -- A 32-year-old man was charged yesterday with murder in the slaying of a woman whose body was found Wednesday in a trash bin behind a shopping center on Route 13.

Matthew Murphy of Barclay Street in Salisbury was charged with first-degree murder, robbery, assault with intent to rob and assault with intent to murder, Salisbury police said. He was being held without bail last night at the Wicomico County Detention Center.

Police said the suspect stole and sold the victim's car last week. Police did not identify the woman because her relatives have not been notified.

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