- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 7, 2006

BALTIMORE (AP) — Someone has information about the shooting of a Baltimore police officer, and authorities hope the man calls back to tell them more.

Police received an anonymous call Wednesday from a man at a pay phone in the city, said Lt. Scott Baker, a detective. The conversation with a 911 call-taker lasted about 30 seconds, but police think the man was unable to tell everything he knows about the crime.

“We believe that individual has additional information that the caller wanted to share, but for some reason at that point they weren’t able to do so,” Lt. Baker said.

The man tried to call back about 20 minutes later from a different phone, but the call was dropped and police don’t know why, Lt. Baker said.

Police made a public appeal to the caller to get back in touch with them.

“It would be extremely helpful to explore further details of that communication,” Lt. Baker said. “Please call again. We invite all calls from any source, including those that wish to remain anonymous.”

Officer Momodu Gondo, 24, was shot near his home about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday while he was off duty and returning home from work. He was approached by two persons, and police think he was shot during a robbery attempt.

Officer Gondo, who was wearing his uniform underneath a winter coat, fired back, but police don’t know whether anyone else was wounded.

Officer Gondo is in stable condition at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Detectives have spoken with Officer Gondo, who provided some helpful details about what happened, Lt. Baker said.

Officer Gondo is the third Baltimore police officer to be shot this year. Officer Robert Cirello was shot in September while he was on patrol. Officer Dante Hemingway was shot in March while on a lunch break. Both of them survived.

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