Officer, would-be robber trade gunfire


A city police officer who apparently interrupted a robbery in Northwest Baltimore traded shots with one would-be holdup man, but no one was reported wounded and two men escaped, officials said yesterday.

Three officers responded to a 911 call minutes before midnight Monday for an assault in progress in the parking lot of a Jiffy Lube in the 5600 block of Nome Ave. in Pimlico. They saw two men confronting an employee of a nearby McDonald's outlet, police said.

The pair ran behind the Jiffy Lube and emerged in a small car, driving in reverse and "in an erratic matter toward an officer," said police spokeswoman Ragina C. Averella. The officer jumped out of the way and saw the passenger ready a handgun for firing, Averella said. The officers then heard two shots from the car.

"Believing the suspects were firing at them, Officer Melisa Hyatt fired her weapon once," Averella said.

Police said the car hit a police vehicle and then headed south on Nome Street, across Northern Parkway. Officers chased it, and the passenger leaned out of the window and "fired several shots at the officers," Averella said.

The car became disabled when it hit a parked car in the 4600 block of Rogers Ave. The two men escaped, but police said they left behind a .44-caliber handgun, which was being tested yesterday. No description of the men was available.

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