Police: Sheriff’s Deputy Shoots Man with Knife Who Jumped into Cruiser

… Investigators at scene of shooting in Northeast Baltimore …


By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun

9:31 AM EDT, October 28, 2011

A city sheriff’s deputy on his way to work Friday morning shot and wounded a man who authorities said jumped into his marked cruiser and attacked him with a knife at a busy intersection in Northeast Baltimore.

The man was wounded in the left arm and taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was being treated. His condition was not available, but a spokeswoman for the Baltimore Sheriff’s Office said he was conscious and talking to paramedics.

The deputy was not injured. Names of the alleged attacker and the officer were not immediately released.

Sgt. Carla Lightsey, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department, described the attack, which occurred before 8 a.m. at Walther Avenue and Moravia Road, as purely random. “He has no clue as to why it happened,” the sergeant said of the deputy.

The deputy, a 10-year veteran, was traveling in a marked cruiser south on Walther Avenue, about six blocks northeast of Herring Run Park, and was stopped at a red light. Lightsey said the man with the knife jumped into the front passenger seat.

“He was wielding a knife at him,” Lightsey said, and the deputy pulled his handgun and fired at least once. Baltimore police homicide detectives are investigating, as is routine for police-involved shootings.

The deputy’s car was still parked at the intersection late Friday morning, with the streets blocked off with crime-scene tape. The area consists of mostly single-family homes and is in the Beverly Hills subsection of the Moravia-Walther neighborhood.

Sheriff’s deputies provide security for the downtown Baltimore Circuit Court buildings and typically serve arrest warrants.


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