Baltimore policeman shoots man after struggle


A motorist was shot four times yesterday by a Baltimore police officer who said the man pulled out a 9mm handgun and threatened the officer when he was stopped after residents complained of a suspicious car in their neighborhood.

The unidentified victim was in critical but stable condition last night at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.

According to police, the officer, Vincent Moulter, a 13-year veteran in the Southeastern District, investigating residents' complaints of a suspicious looking car circling the block at 1 a.m. at Aisquith and Fayette streets, followed it to Fayette Street and Interstate 83.

There, he pulled the car over and asked the driver to get out, seeing a knife in the back seat, said police spokesman Sam Ringgold.

The man got out of the car but was uncooperative, Mr. Ringgold said. Officer Moulter and the man began to struggle, and the officer sprayed Mace in the motorist's face.

The motorist then ran across both the northbound and southbound lanes of I-83, jumped over a wall and landed at the intersection of Lexington and Frederick streets. The leap apparently broke the man's ankle, police said.

Officer Moulter followed him over the wall, and the man pulled out a 9mm handgun, Mr. Ringgold said. The officer responded by pulling out his own 9mm and fired four rounds that struck the man in his upper body and left wrist.

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