Officer wounded as man fires gun at police in alley


A police sergeant suffered a graze wound in the neck last night when a man opened fire on him in a West Baltimore alley.

Sgt. Michael D. Caperoon, 42, of the Western District, was treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center and released, police spokesman Robert W. Weinhold Jr. said.

Caperoon and other officers were near the 500 block of N. Schroeder St. about 6: 40 p.m. and heard gunshots, Weinhold said. When Caperoon confronted a man in an alley, he fired several shots, wounding Caperoon. The officer fired back as the gunman fled down the alley then exchanged gunfire with other officers. The man then ran into a house in the 500 block of N. Fremont Ave.

About 9 p.m., a SWAT team entered the dwelling and arrested a woman and three men, one of whom had been shot in the foot. The man was being treated under police guard at a hospital.

Pub Date: 1/20/99

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