Woman shot after officers fired on, police say


Baltimore County police shot and wounded a woman this morning after coming under fire while serving a warrant at a house in Essex, authorities said.

Plainclothes detectives from the Essex drug unit were looking for another woman wanted on a drug-related warrant at the residence in the 300 block of Magnolia Terrace, police spokesman Bill Toohey said.

The officers entered a second-floor bedroom shortly before 8 a.m. and identified themselves as police, according to Toohey. A woman in the bedroom -- reportedly the mother of the suspect sought in the warrant -- allegedly fired a handgun once at the officers but missed, and police returned fire.

The woman, who police did not immediately identify, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, Toohey said. He could not say how many times she was shot.

The suspect sought in the warrant, who authorities also did not immediately identify, was in police custody, according to Toohey. Police have yet to name the officers involved in the shooting.

Authorities have focused on the neighborhood in recent months, making several drug-related arrests, said Toohey, who added that police have received cooperation from the community in this effort.

Originally published May 6, 2004, 1:50 PM EDT

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