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Man shot by officer in Southwest Baltimore is charged with assault and other offenses


A man shot by a Baltimore police officer Thursday night in Southwest Baltimore was released from the hospital yesterday and charged with assault, a handgun offense and drug possession, police said.

Joseph Michael Stokes, 24, of the 400 block of Colleen Road was shot once in the upper left back, police said. He was treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center after the 11: 10 p.m. incident at Augusta and Massachusetts avenues.

The officer was identified as Robert Probeyahn, 35, a five-year veteran assigned to the tactical unit. He was placed on routine administrative duties pending the outcome of an investigation.

Agent Angelique Cook-Hayes, a department spokeswoman, said Probeyahn had started to question Stokes and another man standing at the corner when both men ran north on Augusta. Probeyahn told investigators that Stokes removed his coat, threw it down and "reached into his front waistband area with his right hand and suddenly turned," holding a handgun, Cook-Hayes said.

Probeyahn said he fired one round from his Glock 9 mm semiautomatic handgun, striking Stokes "in the upper left back as he was turning and pointing his gun at the officer," Cook-Hayes said. Police said they recovered a loaded 9 mm Interarms semiautomatic handgun and a small amount of suspected cocaine from the scene. Stokes was being held without bail yesterday in the Central Booking and Intake Center.

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