July 13, 2011
A 34-year-old man was shot by Baltimore police officers after officials say he pulled a gun on them during a traffic stop in Northeast Baltimore.
Police say plainclothes officers were conducting a drug investigation at about 11 a.m. in the 1400 block of Fillmore Street, in the Coldstream Homestead Montebello neighborhood, and pulled over a Jeep and approached the driver. Detective Donny Moses, a spokesman, said the driver pulled a handgun from between the seats and detectives opened fire on him.
The man was able to speed off and elude officers, and the bullet-riddled vehicle was later located in the 1000 block of Central Avenue near Johns Hopkins Hospital in East Baltimore, Moses said. There was blood on the inside, but there was no victim and no weapon.
At about 1:45 p.m., a gunshot victim walked in to University of Maryland Medical Center with a wound to his forearm, he said.
Police determined the victim was the same person who detectives had fired upon, Moses said. Homicide detectives were investigating the case and no arrests have been made. Per policy, the department will not release the names of the officers involved for 48 hours.
Separately, police confirm that a gunshot victim walked in to Good Samaritan Hospital in the Northeast District with a wound to the foot. Police were working to determine where the shooting occurred.
The police-involved shooting is just the fourth such incident this year, and first since April. City police shot 10 people last year, down from 22 the year before and 33 in 2007, according to The Sun’s records.