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City officer shoots robbery suspect

A Baltimore police officer shot a man who led him on a chase after attempting to rob a fast-food restaurant in Overlea, police said. About 5 p.m. yesterday, a man tried to hold up a KFC restaurant in the 6200 block of Belair Road, city police spokeswoman Nicole Monroe said. Witnesses described the suspect and his car to a Northeastern District officer, who saw such a car going south on Belair Road just over the county line, Monroe said. The officer tried to pull over the car and had "an exchange" with the suspect that led to him shoot the man in the torso, Monroe said. Officers could be heard over a police scanner saying that the suspect had tried to run over an officer, but Monroe was not able to confirm that. The wounded man drove to Fullerton and Leslie avenues, where the pursuing officer saw that the man had been shot and took him into custody, Monroe said. The man, whose name was not released, was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Monroe said, adding that his injury did not appear life-threatening. Baltimore County police are overseeing the investigation, since the shooting happened in their jurisdiction.

Julie Scharper

Man, 28, fatally shot in city

A 28-year-old man died after being shot in the face early yesterday in Mount Vernon, Baltimore police said. The victim, whose name had not been released, was shot about 2:30 a.m. in the 700 block of N. Howard St. near Maryland General Hospital, police spokeswoman Nicole Monroe said. The man was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead about 3 a.m., she said.

Julie Scharper

Man indicted in shootings

A 21-year-old Baltimore man has been indicted on charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder, the Baltimore state's attorney's office announced. James Vernon Berry is accused of fatally shooting Mark Clark Henson, 18, who was found Nov. 1 in the vestibule of a residence in the 1500 block of McKean Ave. suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the head. A second victim was shot in the leg and survived. Berry, whose addresses are listed as the 3200 block of Ellerslie Ave. and the 2100 block of Division St., was identified by witnesses at the scene and was arrested Nov. 13, authorities said. He was being held without bail at the Baltimore City Detention Center.

Justin Fenton

Jury convicts man of fatal stabbing

A Baltimore jury convicted a 25-year-old man of voluntary manslaughter Friday. The jury reached its guilty verdict against Michael Duan Jackson after deliberating for more than five hours over two days after two days of testimony. Jackson, who is also known as Miquel Johnson, of the 1700 block of Laurens St., fatally stabbed 43-year-old Michael Griffin on Nov. 26, 2006, in the 3900 block of Groveland Ave. after getting into an argument. Jackson could face a maximum sentence of 10 years when he is sentenced Dec. 10 by Judge Timothy J. Doory.

Justin Fenton

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