For Cop, a Rump Shot Not Jump Shot; Baltimore Detectiveis Charged after Hispistol Discharges at a Basketball Game
Byline: Jon Siegel, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
GREENSBORO, N.C. - An off-duty Baltimore police detective was charged yesterday in connection with a gunshot that startled college basketball fans during a Maryland-Wake Forest game and left him wounded in the rear end.
Darren I. Sanders, described as a friend of Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, is accused of bringing a concealed pistol into Greensboro Coliseum, where the gun accidentally discharged late Friday night.
"I heard that a gun went off, is that right?" Maryland coach Gary Williams asked reporters yesterday morning during his postgame news conference. "My first reaction when I heard [the shot] was to get everybody off the floor. That was my first thought, of September11."
Detective Sanders, 37, was released from a local hospital yesterday morning after being treated for a wound to his right buttock.
Greensboro police charged him with carrying a pistol into an assembly where admission is charged. No other injuries were reported, police said.
The incident occurred about 11:15 p.m. during the second half of the Maryland-Wake Forest quarterfinal game in the Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball tournament.
Detective Sanders was sitting with Mr. Bisciotti, two rows behind the Wake Forest bench. Sen. John Edwards, the North Carolina Democrat who recently bowed out of the presidential race, had sat just across the court hours earlier for the game between North Carolina and Georgia Tech.
The gunshot was heard on the playing floor, and police and paramedics rushed to assist Detective Sanders.
The pistol went off when the detective sat down after standing up to cheer, police said. He had adjusted the handgun, which did not have a manual safety, in its holster.
Witnesses reported hearing a loud pop and said they smelled gunpowder. The game, which the Terrapins won 87-86, was interrupted briefly.
"The referees did a good job keeping the situation away from what was happening on the floor," Mr. …