Off-duty officer shoots a man at Reisterstown Road Plaza BALTIMORE CITY


An unidentified man was wounded last night when he was shot by an off-duty Baltimore police officer moonlighting as a security officer at a store in the Reisterstown Road Plaza, city police said.

The shooting victim, believed to be about 18 years of age, suffered a gunshot wound to the right leg and was taken to Sinai Hospital for treatment, police said.

Agent Doug Price, a police spokesman, said the shooting occurred at about 7:15 when the off-duty Eastern district officer, in plainclothes, heard gunshots coming from the south end of the mall in the 6500 block of Reisterstown Road.

When the 22-year-old officer reached the south end, Agent Price said he confronted a gunman crouched behind a wall.

The spokesman said the officer, armed with his 9-mm handgun, took cover and ordered the man to surrender his weapon. When the man turned toward the officer with the handgun, the officer "fired two shots in self-defense," Agent Price said.

One of the shots struck the man in the leg and he was subdued, the spokesman said.

Agent Price said that charges of reckless endangerment, assault by pointing a handgun and a handgun violation are pending against the suspect, once his identity is confirmed.

Prior to confronting the officer, the suspect apparently had been involved in some type of dispute that prompted him to fire five shots from his .22-caliber handgun at the people he was arguing with, homicide detectives said, adding they had no other details.

Several people police said might have information on the shooting were taken to the homicide unit for questioning, Agent Price said.

Police declined to name the officer until he could file a report on the incident.

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