A city police officer whose arm bumped into a vehicle he had pulled over accidentally shot a robbery suspect Saturday night, a police spokesman said yesterday.
The bullet fired by Officer Chris Blackistone, 24, grazed the back of the head of James White, 26, of the 1700 block of E. 28th St.
Mr. White was taken to Bon Secours Hospital, where he was treated for a superficial wound and released into police custody, police spokesman Sam Ringgold said.
Two other men in the vehicle also were arrested: Dewayne Goodwin, 22, of the 1800 block of Whitmore Ave. and Terrance Johnson, 28, of the 4800 block of Carmine Ave.
Officers said they stopped the 1990 Nissan Pathfinder because its description matched that given for the getaway vehicle in an armed robbery at Lombard and Monroe streets.
As officers approached the truck at Catherine and Boyd streets, it sped off, Mr. Ringgold said.
Officers stopped the vehicle moments later in the 600 block of N. Fulton Ave., he said.
As the officer approached the truck, he saw a handgun on the rear seat and shouted, "Gun!" to warn nearby officers, Mr. Ringgold said.
"As he jumped backward, away from the vehicle, his arm struck the door post and discharged," Mr. Ringgold said.
Police recovered a loaded pistol from the Nissan, he said. The three men were arrested on armed robbery and handgun charges, Mr. Ringgold said. The men were being held in the Southern District lockup last night and were expected to go before a court commissioner this morning.
Officer Blackistone joined the department in December 1993, Mr. Ringgold said.