The father of a Randallstown-area robbery suspect was seriously wounded in his home by a police bullet fired after officers broke in during an early morning search for evidence yesterday.
Clarence Billy Gould Sr., 52, was struck once in the chest by bullet fragments after, police said, he pointed a gun at officers entering the second-floor bedroom of his house in 3800 block of Milford Mill Road.
Four police officers had smashed in the front door of the house shortly before 6 a.m. A police spokesman said Mr. Gould -- who was alone in the house -- was found partly in a closet in his bedroom, pointing a revolver.
"The officers asked him to drop the weapon, and when he didn't, an officer fired one shot," said Sgt. Stephen Doarnberger, a Baltimore County police spokesman.
He said the officers -- all in uniform -- had identified themselves upon entering.
Mr. Gould was admitted to Sinai Hospital, where he was listed in serious condition in the hospital's intensive care unit last night.
Police said Mr. Gould was struck by pieces of a bullet fired by Officer Andrew S. Davis, a four-year veteran of the force assigned to the Garrison district. The bullet actually struck a wall near Mr. Gould, Sergeant Doarnberger said.
Yesterday afternoon, Mr. Gould's sister related a different version of the morning's events. Pamela Chapman, 36, of the 700 block of Edgewood St., said her brother told her that officers did not identify themselves.
"They came into the house. He was in bed asleep," she said.
Sergeant Doarnberger said he could understand the elder Mr. Gould's caution in getting a gun.
"People sometimes do break into homes and call out that they are police when they are not," he said.
The shooting is still being investigated, the spokesman said.
"He did point a gun at an officer. Whether he'll be charged with that is under review at the state's attorney's office," Sergeant Doarnberger said. Officers had a warrant to search the house for evidence related to 12 robberies in the Liberty Road area, the sergeant said. Articles of clothing alleged to have been worn in previous robberies were found in the house, he said.
Mr. Gould's son, Clarence Billy Gould Jr., 27, who lives with his father, was arrested and charged on Friday with armed robbery and a handgun violation after a Pizza Hut in the 8600 block of Liberty Road was robbed.
He was being held in the Police Department's Wilkens district lockup on $10,000 bail.
The younger Mr. Gould, who police said was carrying an antique Derringer firearm, was chased by restaurant patrons and identified as a suspect in the other robberies that have taken place in the Liberty Road area since Sept. 18.
Witnesses also said the suspect in the other robberies used an antique firearm similar to the one the younger Mr. Gould had when he was arrested.
Nine of the dozen robberies police are investigating happened between 9 p.m. and midnight, police said.