Policeman wounded in gun battle High school student arrested in robbery try


A city high school student set to graduate in June has been charged with shooting an off-duty city police sergeant working as a security officer during the attempted robbery last night of a Wendy's fast-food outlet in the 4400 block of W. Northern Parkway.

Charged with assault with intent to kill Sgt. Hezzie Sessomes Jr., 47, attempted armed robbery and using a handgun in the commission of a felony is Marvel Outlaw, 18, of the 3700 block of Reisterstown Road. He was being held at the Northwestern District lockup pending a bail hearing today. Police declined to say what high school Mr. Outlaw attends.

Police said a man entered the eating place at 9:40 p.m. and stood in line before pulling a 9mm semiautomatic handgun and announcing a holdup.

He then ordered several customers and employees to the floor.

Sergeant Sessomes heard the order and approached the man from the other side of a partition with his .38-caliber revolver drawn.

Lt. Richard Stanton of the homicide squad said the men were less than 6 feet apart when the sergeant identified himself and ordered the man to drop his gun.

Instead, the man fired, striking Sergeant Sessomes in the left leg.

After taking cover behind a table, the wounded sergeant fired all six shots from his revolver at the gunman, who continued to fire. Police said at least 11 shots were fired by the two men.

As a dozen customers and employees lay on the floor, bullets shattered windows, tables, and glasses in the restaurant. No one else was hit.

A Wendy's employee working at the drive-through window jumped out onto the parking lot and called the police. The gunman fled.

As police converged on the scene, Officers John Chambers and Kevin Scott searched for the gunman behind several stores a block from Wendy's. They found a suspect hiding behind a storage tank and arrested him. Nearby, they found a 9mm semiautomatic handgun.

Sergeant Sessomes was taken to Sinai Hospital for treatment and was released.

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