Murder Ink: 2/18/15

City Paper

In a week when the police commissioner told a national audience that Baltimore City has “1950s-level, black and white racism,” the police identified an officer who fired his gun in the line of duty as Rashard King, a five-year veteran in the patrol division. King was reportedly working a private security job in the county when he accidentally shot a 14-year-old boy while investigating a burglary. The boy is expected to live. City police are also investigating the death of a suspect in their custody. A man police captured on Saturday in the woods off York Road complained of trouble breathing “due to a pre-existing condition,” according to police. He died soon after, despite receiving medical attention, the police said in a statement. The man who died has not yet been publicly identified. So far this year there have been three fewer murders than there were on this date last year.

Wednesday, Feb. 11

7:08 p.m. James Williams, a 54-year-old African-American man, was on the 3900 block of West Garrison Avenue, on which he resided, when someone stabbed him in the stomach, according to police. Williams died at a hospital soon after. Police are searching for witnesses.

Thursday, Feb. 12

1:01 a.m. Less than six hours later and less than six miles south, James Maurice Edwards Jr., a 24-year-old African-American man, was shot in the head on the 300 block of Collins Avenue in the Irvington neighborhood. Police said Edwards, who resided in the county on the 4300 block of Mary Ridge Drive, was shot multiple times after arguing with someone.

6:40 p.m. Malik Fuller, a 16-year-old African-American boy, was on the 3300 block of Garrison Boulevard with another 16-year-old boy when someone shot them both. Fuller was shot in the chest, and he died at a hospital soon after. He was two weeks shy of his 17th birthday. The other boy was hit in the arm and also hospitalized, police said. This shooting and murder occurred in the Central Forest Park neighborhood, less than a mile and a half from the murder that happened the day before.

Friday, Feb. 13

4:35 p.m. The body of a man police have not yet identified was found shot several times in a burned-out, vacant house on the 1700 block of Ashburton Street, in the Coppin Heights neighborhood. Firefighters were called to put out a fire in the building and the dead man was discovered after the fire was out. The cause of the fire is under investigation as well.

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