… Police step up patrols in response; officer injured …
By Mary Carole McCauley and Dean Jones Jr., The Baltimore Sun
8:54 AM EDT, March 20, 2011
Police were investigating the stabbing of a man Sunday morning in West Baltimore as the department has beefed up patrols throughout the city because of an outbreak of violence over the weekend.
The man was stabbed at Swann & Edmondson Ave. No other details were immediately provided.
In addition to increased patrols, the Baltimore Police Department has also made officers more visible. Effective immediately, officers will conduct roll calls on the street instead of inside the station houses, according to police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. The extra patrols are in response to four separate shootings that broke out Friday night throughout Baltimore.
The violence claimed at least one life, and injured eight — including a police detective who was shot in the neck after confronting a bicycle-riding gunman at 7:30 p.m. in the 2300 block of Harford Road.
The detective’s bullet-proof vest slowed the progress of the bullet and prevented it from causing more serious damage, Gugliemi said. He is expected to survive.
The suspect was shot following an exchange of gunfire with two other officers on North Harford Road. He remained in extremely critical condition Saturday at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
In other shootings Friday night:
•A 21-year-old man was killed and two others were injured about 2 a.m. Saturday in the 300 block of McMechen St., according to Detective Jeremy Silbert. One man was shot in the torso, while the other was wounded in the leg. The victims were being treated at local hospitals.
•Two men who shot while walking in the 2300 block of E. Hoffman Street at 8:35 p.m. Friday. One man was shot in the foot, the other in the wrist, Silbert said.
•Two 18-year-old men told police they were wounded while walking in the 2200 block of Orem Ave. at 10:50 p.m. Friday, Silbert said. The victims told police they heard gunshots and tried to run, but one was struck in the shoulder while the other man was hit in the leg. Both sought treatment at a downtown hospital.
Supervisors are being pulled away from desk jobs and reassigned to patrols. More plainclothes officers are being put on the street as well.
Guglielmi said that squads will have their flashing red and blue lights illuminated at all times, and not just when officers are making traffic stops. Motorists, meanwhile, can expect to get pulled over for even the most minor motor vehicle violations.
“We’re going to significantly increase the presence of police on the streets tonight and through the weekend, especially in targeted areas,” Guglielmi said. “Some of the violence that occurred last night took place in known hot spots.”
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