… Driver brandished handgun during pursuit up I-97, investigators say …
By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun
6:58 PM EST, December 15, 2011
Police officers shot and wounded a man Thursday who was driving a car linked to an armed robbery after chasing the vehicle nearly 30 miles from southern Anne Arundel County to Lansdowne, according to a Baltimore County police spokeswoman.
During the chase up Interstate 97, police said, the man waved a handgun out of the window of the car. The pursuit involved state troopers and officers from Baltimore City and Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties.
Detective Cathy Batton, the Baltimore County police spokeswoman, said the chase began about 11 a.m. on Solomons Island Road, southwest of Annapolis, and ended at 11:48 a.m. at Virginia Avenue and Fenor Road in the Baltimore Highlands neighborhood.
Batton said the car struck an Anne Arundel County police cruiser, slightly injuring the officer inside, and the driver got out, “armed with a handgun.”
A police statement originally stated that the man threw the gun down, “then made an attempt to retrieve the weapon.” That statement said one officer from Baltimore County and another officer from Anne Arundel County shot at the man, who was hit in the lower body.
Later Thursday, police issued a revised version, saying that the man got out of the car “with the gun pointed at his own head. Officers ordered him to drop the gun. He refused and pointed the gun at the officers.”
Police said the two officers then shot at the 19-year-old man, who was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center; his condition and name were not immediately available.
Batton said detectives do not yet know how many shots were fired by the officers, or whether bullets from one gun or both struck the man. Batton said the man was driving a car that fit the description of a vehicle used in an armed robbery in the Wilkens area of Baltimore County on Wednesday night.
The shooting occurred in a residential area near three schools — Baltimore Highlands Elementary, Riverview Elementary and Lansdowne High School — which were locked down for about 15 minutes.
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