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City officer wounds woman outside home


A city police officer shot and wounded a woman who he said charged him with a knife after she had threatened her teen-age nephew in their Northeast Baltimore home early yesterday.

Officer Michael L. Jerscheid, 30, a five-year veteran assigned to Northeastern District, shot the woman once with his Glock 9 mm semiautomatic handgun, police said.

Police said Maria Beverly, 33, of the 2100 block of Pentland Drive was treated at Sinai Hospital and charged with two counts of assault with intent to murder and possession of a deadly weapon.

The officer fired his gun once, police said, but Beverly had wounds to the right shoulder and thigh.

Investigators said they were trying to determine last night if the knife caused one of the wounds.

Agent Ragina L. Cooper, a city police spokeswoman, said the incident began about 1: 30 a.m. when Jerscheid was called to the house in response to a fight.

Cooper said Jerscheid was met outside by a 15-year-old boy, who told the officer that his aunt had been chasing him around the house with a 12-inch knife.

Moments later, Cooper said, the woman emerged from the house holding a knife "in a threatening manner and advanced toward the officer."

The spokeswoman said Jerscheid ordered the woman to drop the knife several times before firing his weapon.

Jerscheid has been placed on routine administrative duties pending an investigation.

The incident marks the fourth time in two weeks that a Baltimore police officer has shot a civilian.

One of the shootings was fatal.

Pub Date: 12/25/96

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