A Baltimore man was shot and critically wounded in a struggle with police last night after a chase of a stolen car ended in a neighborhood near city school headquarters on North Avenue.
Police said the man was shot while going for an officer's 9 mm semiautomatic handgun, which fired during the struggle.
Police spokeswoman Agent Angelique Cook-Hayes said Officers Barry Hamilton and Robert J. Quick Jr., both of the Eastern District's handgun recovery squad, were patrolling in an unmarked car about 6 p.m. when they spotted an Oldsmobile speeding in the 400 block of E. 20th St.
Cook-Hayes said the officers followed the car to the 400 block of E. 20 1/2 St.
There, she said, the Oldsmobile stopped and two male occupants jumped out and ran.
She said Hamilton pursued one of the men on foot, catching him nearby in the 2000 block of Barclay St., where a fight began as Hamilton tried to arrest the man.
As Hamilton placed one handcuff on the man's wrist, the man removed the officer's holstered handgun, Cook-Hayes said.
In the fight for control of the gun, police said, it went off, striking the suspect in the head.
Hamilton was not injured, and the second man in the Oldsmobile apparently escaped, police said.
The wounded man, whose identity was not released by police, was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was reported in critical condition last night and on life-support systems in the trauma unit.