- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 14, 2006

11:19 a.m.

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore County police officer was shot early today after an apparent robbery at a grocery store in the Perry Hall area of Baltimore County, and police had a suspect cornered in a shed in the area.

The officer was taken by ambulance to the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, police said.

Police were conducting surveillance in the area after at least six robberies this year when a robbery occurred at a Super Fresh grocery store shortly before 7:30 a.m., county police spokesman Michael Hill said.

Police officers arrested one suspect after a foot chase from the scene.

Officers were searching for the second suspect when the suspect opened fire from a shed, striking one officer, Mr. Hill said.

That suspect was believed to be barricaded in the shed as of about 9 a.m.

Police closed sections of Belair Road, a busy thoroughfare carrying rush-hour traffic into the heart of the city, and area schools reportedly were in lockdown.

On Monday, a Maryland State trooper was shot and critically injured in the Woodlawn area of Baltimore County as he and other officers attempted to arrest a suspect in an earlier home invasion and kidnapping.

Trooper 1st Class Eric Workman was recuperating at the University of Maryland Medical Centers shock-trauma center from a gunshot wound in the left armpit, his family said yesterday.

The bullet traveled through his left chest and into his abdomen, damaging his left kidney, left lung and the left side of his spleen, hospital officials said.

The suspect in that shooting, Steven Jones, was killed in an exchange of gunfire.

Yesterday, city police arrested and charged a 24-year-old man for the shooting last week of a Baltimore police officer.

Officer Momodu Gondo was shot three times in the back in front of his home in Northeast Baltimore as he arrived home at the end of his shift.

Officer Gondo, who is in serious but stable condition at Shock Trauma, identified Collin Hawkins, 24, in a photo lineup, police said.

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