Man Shot by City Police After Allegedly Refusing to Drop Knife

… Southwest Balt. man, 38, in critical condition …

By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

December 12, 2011

A 38-year-old Southwest Baltimore man was in critical condition Sunday night after he was shot by an officer when he refused to drop a knife, city police said.

Anthony Guglielmi, the police department’s chief spokesman, said officers were called about 10 p.m. for a report of a “family disturbance” at a home in the unit block of S. Morley St. in the Saint Joseph’s neighborhood. Officers encountered the man in an upstairs bedroom, where he refused orders to drop a knife and was shot multiple times, Guglielmi said.

The victim was identified as Franklin Owens by his sister, Charlene Owens, who said he suffers from schizophrenia. She was not home at the time of the incident and didn’t second-guess police, but said her brother, who works construction jobs and lives with their parents, isn’t prone to violence. “He’s always pretty pleasant,” Charlene Owens said.

Guglielmi said homicide detectives, who investigate all police-involved shootings, and internal affairs were investigating the case. Per department policy, the officer involved in the shooting will not be identified for 48 hours.

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