Police officers responded to Bennett Place and N. Fremont Avenue after a call went out that an officer was shot and killed Wednesday.
A Baltimore homicide detective who was shot in the head Wednesday night was in “serious condition” on Thursday as the police launched a dragnet for the “cold, callous killer” who took aim at the 18-year-old police veteran.
The unidentified police officer was shot around 4:30 a.m. by a man who approached him, while the exercise of “suspicious behavior” FOX45 Baltimore reported. The shooting happened in a restive area of Baltimore, which is faced with a high crime rate.
A Baltimore homicide detective was shot in the head on Wednesday.
Federal agencies are offering a $60,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the shooter.
The officer was in life at the intensive care unit. Few details were revealed about the detective, but the Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said the man has a wife and two children.
“We will do everything we can to keep [the officer] have stabilized and the care of the damage to his brain,” said Dr. Thomas Scalea, head of the University of Maryland Medical Center Shock Trauma Center.
Davis said the officer was “just doing his job” when he was raided, and Davis vowed to the capture of the shooter.
“This is a dangerous profession,” Davis said. “This is a dangerous job. Police officers know that at a given moment, they could confront someone who wants to do them harm, and that is exactly what happened tonight. With this community, we are going to identify him, we’re going to arrest him, and we will make sure that justice is done.”
The members of the Police Department tweeted earlier Wednesday: “Please say an extra prayer for the officer and the officer’s family.”
One of our officers was shot this evening. Please say an extra prayer for the officer and the officer’s family. We will update soon. Thank you.
— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) November 15, 2017
The police cordoned off the streets of West Baltimore area and a tactical unit combed alleys looking for the shooter. Many cruisers responded, and a police helicopter buzzed overhead, illuminating the streets with a searchlight. The neighborhood where the officer was shot and killed has a number of vacant houses and has been the scene of many shootings the past few years.
Police officers respond to Bennett Place and N. Fremont Avenue after a call went out that an officer shot on Wednesday.
Wednesday’s shooting comes in the midst of a particularly violent period in Baltimore: so far this year, the town of less than 620 000 inhabitants, has seen more than 300 killings. Baltimore Mayor, Catherine Pugh called for an end to gun violence at a press conference to say “enough is enough.”
“We pray for peace in our streets,” she said. “And I can say to you all again: enough is enough. The crime is to come to an end in this city. This kind of violence will not be tolerated.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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