Knife-wielding man threatens pedestrians, authorities in Inner Harbor 2 officers injured; Police gunfire shatters glass doors at Gallery


A man brandishing a knife threatened pedestrians and authorities in the Inner Harbor yesterday before he was subdued outside the Gallery at Harborplace, police said.

Two officers suffered minor injuries, including one who was hit by flying glass when a fellow officer's gunshots shattered the two outer front doors of the Gallery, at South Calvert and Pratt streets.

Police said the incident began about 6 p.m. outside the World Trade Center, in the 400 block of E. Pratt St., where the unidentified man was sprayed with the chemical irritant Mace by Maryland Port Authority police officer.

The man then ran two blocks west to the Gallery, where he confronted several city officers on the street outside the mall and was again sprayed with Mace, police said.

When the man advanced toward the officers, one of them fired two shots from his 9 mm Glock that splintered the Gallery's front glass doors, sending glass into the leg of a sergeant, police said.

They said the man ran into the Gallery's lobby, where officers overpowered him.

The man, who had not been charged, was being treated at University of Maryland Medical Center last night for the effects of the Mace.

The sergeant and another officer, who was accidentally sprayed with Mace, were treated at Mercy Medical Center and released, police said.

During the incident, which lasted about 20 minutes, traffic on northbound Calvert Street was detoured onto eastbound Pratt Street.

Pub Date: 5/22/98

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