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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 3/18/2009

Murders this Week: 2
Murders this Year: 43

The State's Attorney's Office has ruled the Jan. 11 killing of Shawn Green, a 17-year-old African-American male, self-defense. Green was stabbed in the chest at a bus stop in the 3200 block of the Alameda.

For the second week in a row, there was a fatal police-involved shooting. This is the fifth one in the first two and a half months of the year. In 2006, there were five fatal police-involved shootings for the entire year, up from four in 2005. Police got a call at 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 14, that there was a hostage situation at a home in the 500 block of Half Mile Court in Seton Hill just off Martin Luther King Boulevard downtown. Samuel Cosby, a 48-year-old African-American man, had barricaded himself in his home with his 4-year-old granddaughter. He was holding the girl at knife point. Hostage negotiators were called in to speak with Cosby. Three hours later, it was determined that the SWAT team would have to go in. SWAT found Cosby on the third floor holding a large machete to his granddaughter. An officer struggled with Cosby to get the knife and sustained minor injuries. During the struggle, another officer shot Cosby, killing him. The child was unharmed. The officer that shot Cosby is Garfield O'Toole, a member of the SWAT unit who has been on the force for 13 years.

Friday, March 13

11:11 p.m. Andrew Goodwyn, a 22-year-old African-American man, left his house in the 400 block of Normandy Avenue near Edmondson-Westside High. A dark-colored car drove up and someone inside shot at Goodwyn numerous times. The car then sped off. Goodwyn had been hit repeatedly and died on the street where he was shot.

Saturday, March 14

9:16 p.m. Police found Keon Barnes, a 35-year-old African-American man, lying on some steps in front of a home in the 1900 block of North Pulaski Street in the Mondawmin neighborhood. Barnes had been shot several times in the head and chest and died at an area hospital half an hour later.


On March 13, a Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Frank Jenkins, a 37-year-old African-American man, for the murder of Demetrius Saulsbury, a 22-year-old African-American man. According to police, Saulsbury was visiting his girlfriend at her home in the 1700 block of North Washington Street on Feb. 4 at almost 3 a.m. Jenkins, who was dating the girlfriend's mother, came home and was upset that Saulsbury was over so late. Jenkins and Saulsbury allegedly argued and Saulsbury started to leave the house. At that point, according to police, Jenkins pulled out a gun and shot him in the head, killing him.

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