Off-duty officer shoots Baltimore man accused of attempting to rob store


An off-duty Baltimore police officer shot a 22-year-old man accused of attempting to rob a shoe store yesterday on Pennsylvania Avenue, authorities said.

Darrin Johnson, of the 1000 block of McCulloh St., was in stable condition late yesterday at the University of Maryland Hospital after being shot in the upper torso, police said.

The incident began about 10: 20 a.m. when a man entered Downtown Locker Room, an athletic clothing store at 1829 Pennsylvania Ave., saying he was going to rob the store and demanding money from a clerk, according to police spokesman Sgt. Scott Rowe.

Police said that, after asking for the money, the man pulled a gun, set it on the counter and pointed it at the clerk at the cash register. Officer Troy Chesley, who was working at the time in the store as a security guard, drew his gun and fired, Rowe said.

The accused robber had not been charged yesterday. Police said they were waiting for him to be released from the hospital.

An investigation of the shooting is being conducted by the Police Department's internal affairs division. According to protocol, a report will be passed along to the state's attorney's office for review. Chesley, 28 and a six-year veteran with the department, works at the Western District headquarters. He has been placed on administrative leave awaiting the outcome of the investigation.

Pub Date: 9/16/99

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