As the officers were dispersing the crowd after 3 a.m. in the 2300 block of Winchester St., police said Earl began arguing with a woman in the parking lot and approached her armed with a handgun. Burke then withdrew his gun, and with the second officer, “attempted to gain control of the suspect,” police wrote in charging documents.
“During the struggle Officer Burke was shot by the suspect one time in the stomach,” the charging documents said. “The officers were able to take the suspect to the ground and recover the suspect’s weapon.”
A shell casing from Earl’s Beretta handgun was found at the scene, the documents said.
Burke was taken to Shock Trauma where he underwent surgery.
“We thank Dr. [Thomas] Scalea and the entire team at the UMMC for the care they provided to P.O. Burke,” the department wrote in a statement on Twitter Monday.