A 24-year-old Baltimore man pleaded guilty in Baltimore County Circuit Court yesterday to armed carjacking and use of a handgun in an attack on an off-duty city police officer who was followed to his home in White Marsh last August.
Logan Carter, of the 2700 block of Cylburn Ave., and two other men originally were charged with attempted murder of Norbert J. Pazdersky Jr. of the Northeastern District, according to Assistant State's Attorney Mickey Norman. The most serious charge against Carter was dropped as part of the plea bargain.
The officer knew he was being followed on Aug. 3 and had his gun drawn when he parked his Toyota 4-Runner in his driveway on Bucks School House Road at 1 a.m., the Baltimore County prosecutor said in an agreed statement of facts.
Officer Pazdersky exchanged shots with his assailants -- wounding Carter in the leg -- and got safely into his house while the men took his vehicle.
Carter was arrested after he sought treatment at a hospital, Mr. Norman told Judge John Grason Turnbull II. The judge ordered a presentence investigation and set sentencing for April 20. Carter could receive a 30-year prison term on the armed carjacking charge and 20 years on the handgun charge.
Carter's involvement in the crime apparently began when he got into a Chevrolet Blazer with the two other men. They had shot and wounded the Blazer's owner and taken the vehicle in the city before picking up Carter, Mr. Norman said.
The two told Carter they were going to steal the Toyota 4-Runner by faking an accident, then shooting its driver, the prosecutor said. The Blazer driver gave handguns to his two companions.
They stopped at the officer's driveway, pretending to ask directions, and opened fire, Mr. Norman said. There was no proof that Carter actually fired his weapon, he added.