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Murder Ink

Murders this Week: 5; Murders this Year: 77

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A longtime city cop barricaded himself in his fiancée’s Sandtown-Winchester home and then shot her to death in front of two fellow officers and the couple’s young son. The next day, the mayor’s cousin was shot to death in an apparent home-invasion robbery. Two days later, state police arrested another city cop—this one freshly graduated from the police academy, according to a police spokesperson—and charged him with prostitution and human trafficking. And the driver of a speeding car that killed a City Hall employee last month was indicted in state court.

Tuesday, May 7

3:30 p.m. Police were called to a domestic disturbance on the 1100 block of North Parrish Street in Sandtown-Winchester, where they found Kendra Diggs, a 37-year-old African-American woman, suffering from a small wound to her face. Police had to kick down the door to gain entrance. Her fiancé, Baltimore Police officer James Smith, a 49-year-old African-American man, ran upstairs. The officers brought Diggs outside and were talking to her when Smith allegedly shot her in the head from an upstairs bedroom. Smith barricaded himself inside the house with the couple’s 4-year-old son; police took cover and were not able to provide medical attention to Diggs for an hour, the Baltimore Sun reported. Smith surrendered shortly after 9 p.m. and was charged with Diggs’ murder. Diggs was the fifth woman killed this year in a domestic dispute.

10:51 p.m. Less than two hours after Smith surrendered to fellow police, Northern District police responding to a shooting found Trevon White, a 19-year-old African-American man, slumped on the steps outside a house on the 200 block of East 22nd Street. He had been shot multiple times and was pronounced dead 43 minutes later at Johns Hopkins hospital. White resided on the 3600 block of Ramsey Avenue.

Wednesday, May 8

Just before 9 p.m. Central District police received a call about a man in a stairwell who was non-responsive. They went inside a building on the 2500 block of Eutaw Place and found the body of a 20-year-old African American man, Andrew Evans, of the 500 block of North Carey Street. Police believe he had been arguing with another person, who shot him.

11:34 p.m. Again, less than two hours after the previous murder call, police responding to a residence on the 4100 block of Ethland Avenue found an African-American man who had been shot in the back. Joseph Haskins, 21, was taken to a hospital but was pronounced dead at 2:20 a.m. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake issued a statement on May 9 saying that Haskins was her cousin. Police believe he was shot by a robber who had come to the house.

Saturday, May 11

3:20 a.m. Northwest District officers responding to a report of a vehicle accident found a car on the sidewalk on the 2500 block of Chelsea Terrace. In the car they found a 40-year-old Caucasian man, shot. Bobby Ray Stanberry, whose address police gave as 2314 Dupont Ave., Suitland, was taken to the hospital but died soon after. Police have no suspects.

Updates:

Police have identified the African-American man shot on May 5 on the 2900 block of Monument Street as Terrance Parker, 33. The African-American man stabbed in the face on East Trenton Street on April 20 was Steven Williams, 55 years old, who lived on the 500 block of Mosher Street. A Baltimore Grand Jury indicted the man who was driving the car that hit and killed beloved City Hall employee Matthew Hersl on April 9. Johnny Johnson faces nine criminal charges ranging from failure to stop for a red light and driving under the influence of drugs to vehicular homicide.

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