An off-duty city police officer broke up an apparent robbery yesterday in West Baltimore, chased two suspects several blocks and then shot one of them during an exchange of gunfire in an alley, police said.
The wounded man ran to an apartment house in the 800 block of W. Lexington St., leaving a 10-block trail of blood that police said they followed. Officers arrested the gunman and other suspect shortly after the shooting.
The incident marked the third time in two days that a Baltimore police officer had shot someone. Monday morning, an officer killed a man in Brooklyn who police said charged at him with a knife. A bystander was wounded by a bullet from an officer's gun.
Monday night, Officers Kenneth Ramberg and Steven Cohen shot and wounded a man in West Baltimore who they said pointed a .22-caliber handgun at them in the 1500 block of Madison Ave. The wounded man, Robert Jerome Howard, 25, of the 3600 block of Old York Road was in critical condition yesterday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center with five bullet wounds.
"There are dozens of situations daily in which officers are involved in life-threatening situations," said Agent Robert W. Weinhold Jr., a police spokesman. "Most times the situation is defused and resolved without using deadly force."
The latest shooting involving police officers occurred yesterday afternoon when Officer Mark Haygood, 33, who has been on the force 12 years, saw a woman and her 8-year-old son being accosted by two men in the 1300 block of Hollins St. Witnesses reported that one of the men pointed a gun at the child's head and demanded money from the mother.
The officer chased both men to the 1300 block of Booth St., a wide alley between Stricker and Calhoun streets. There, police said, one of the men shot at the officer, who returned fire and hit the gunman in the buttocks and left wrist.
Both men ran, and police said the blood trail led to an apartment door in the 800 block of W. Lexington St., where officers said they found the two men. Weinhold said a wounded 38-year-old man was being treated at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Police think a 46-year-old man who was in the house was the other man involved. He had not been charged last night.
In Monday night's shooting, Weinhold said Ramberg responded to a call about a man with a gun in the 1500 block of Madison Ave. and chased a man who fit the gunman's description.
Cohen boxed the suspect in with his patrol car. Weinhold said the man took a handgun from his waistband and pointed it at Cohen, who fired his gun through his patrol car's windshield and side window.
Pub Date: 12/18/96