Commissioner: 41 Rounds, All Fired By City Officers

Monday, January 10, 2011 – Angela Jackson
Baltimore’s police commissioner says 41 rounds were released into the crowd early Sunday morning outside the Select Lounge on Paca Street.  All shots came from city police officers. 

The shooting at the downtown nightclub left a police officer and civilian dead and four other individuals injured.  

The officer is identified as William Torbitt, 33, who had worked with the department for 11 years.  He was a patrol officer assigned to the Central District.

According to reports, a fight broke out at the nightclub in Seton Hill after 1 in the morning. 

Bealefeld says he is optimistic that a full review will be completed in three weeks.

The Select Lounge is described by patrons as the new hot spot in Baltimore for the mature crowd.   

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has issued a statement on the death of Officer William Torbitt.

“Yesterday, one of the brave members of the Baltimore City Police Department, Officer William Torbitt, was shot and killed while trying to break-up a violent dispute outside of a nightclub. All of the facts and relevant information surrounding this incident are being gathered and carefully reviewed.  Police Commissioner Bealefeld has assured me that the incident is being fully investigated by our best, most experienced homicide detectives.  As we learn and confirm more facts about this tragic incident, we will release more information to the public.

Officer Torbitt, an eleven-year veteran, was a hard working narcotics officer who served the Central District with great honor.  Today, I ask the people of Baltimore to keep Officer Torbitt, the shooting victims and the families affected by this horrific incident, in their thoughts and prayers. These families and the men and women of the Baltimore Police Department are grieving a tremendous, painful loss and they deserve our deepest sympathy.”

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