- The Washington Times - Friday, April 10, 2015

Anne Arundel County police said they are searching for a man who shot an officer Friday morning and left him critically injured in Annapolis a few miles from the Bay Bridge.

Lt. T.J. Smith, police spokesman, said the officer was taken to Shock Trauma at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore and the police chief is with him.

Police have not yet released the officer’s name.

At 2:20 a.m., the officer went on his own to a 7-Eleven at 720 East College Parkway to visit the business. Then he spoke with a witness who was suspicious of a man outside the door, and the officer “self-initiated” contact with the suspect, Lt. Smith said.

The two scuffled, and the suspect ran on foot before he shot the officer about 200 feet away from the 7-Eleven, police said.

Witnesses told police they heard at least one gunshot.

Although the officer didn’t call for backup, “the officer was not responding to his radio,” police said.

Other officers who were en route to back him up arrived at the scene and found him shot in his upper body, Lt. Smith said.

“It doesn’t appear that the gun was taken away from the officer,” Lt. Smith said, confirming that the suspect had a weapon of his own.

“We do not believe the suspect is in the area where the shooting occurred,” police said in a later statement. “This is the first Anne Arundel County police officer shot in the line of duty since July of 2008 when an officer was shot in Brooklyn Park. There have been no fatal shootings of officers in the Anne Arundel County Police Department history.”

The suspect, who police believe fled on foot, is described as a black male approximately 5-foot-4 to 5-foot-8, 20 to 30 years old, dark pants (not jeans) and black hoodie, he said.

Anyone with information should call police at 410-222-4700 or 222-8610.

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