Man shot by police was fired in '95 as city officer


A man shot in a Christmas Day confrontation with Baltimore County police had been fired from the Baltimore City Police Department last year for insubordination, city officials said yesterday.

Darren R. Blackwell, 29, was shot twice in the chest after allegedly pointing a gun at officers responding to a call at his Owings Mills home. Blackwell was taken from his home on Maybin Circle to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was in serious but stable condition yesterday.

Agent Ragina L. Cooper, a spokeswoman for the Baltimore City Police Department, said Blackwell was terminated from the force on Sept. 20, 1995, for discourtesy, insubordination and failure to obey a supervisor's direct order. Blackwell was on the force six years and was an officer stationed at the Western District at the time of his dismissal, Cooper said.

The Christmas Day incident took place after Blackwell's relatives called Baltimore County police about 11: 40 a.m. to report that he was depressed and had a shotgun in his home.

Police said that when officers arrived, Blackwell answered the door carrying a shotgun. The officers retreated, and Blackwell walked out of his front door and pointed the gun at them, police said.

When Blackwell refused to put down the weapon, Officer Michael J. Duncan, 25, shot him, police said.

Duncan has been placed on administrative duty pending an investigation, police said.

Pub Date: 12/27/96

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