A Baltimore City police officer block stands near the scene of a shooting in Baltimore on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. The shootout between a man in a violence-prone Baltimore district and a police officer to participate in a crime suppression initiative of the officer injured and the suspect dead Sunday night, Baltimore interim head of the police said. (Kenneth K. Lam/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
BALTIMORE – A suspect is dead and an officer was wounded in a shootout Sunday evening in a violence-prone Baltimore neighborhood where a “crime suppression initiative” took place, Baltimore, interim head of the police said.
Interim chief of Police Gary Tuggle said during a nocturnal press conference, that the gunfire broke out just before 6:30 a.m. in a west Baltimore neighborhood. He said the male officer, a police veteran, was treated at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center and that the injuries are not life-threatening.
He did not release the name of the man who they said shot the officer before being killed.
No one else was injured, Tuggle told reporters near the scene in the Poppleton neighborhood. The immediate vicinity of the place was soon deposed by the researchers as an ” active crime scene,” and only residents can get. Bright lights were placed on the towers to illuminate the scene as officers investigated in the night.
The Baltimore Sun reported that two people were shot and injured last week in the same area.
Asked to the crime suppression programs, activities, Tuggle did not immediately elaborate on the methods.
“There is a lot of violence in this area and we have taken additional steps in this area for the violence,” he said Sunday.
Tuggle said crime suppression operations were carried out in other districts of the city and that this was just another area where the initiative was taken. He said the shootout began after the officer came upon the defendant, and that the officers with the crime suppression initiative were not actively searching for the person who was fatally shot.
Kelly Blanding said that he was watching football in a house in the neighborhood where the shooting broke out.
He told The Sun he heard so many shots, that “I began to wonder, when is it gonna stop?”
“It was like a war out here,” Blanding added.
The authorities said they were still gathering information, and refused to identify the officer and the defendant by a name or a match. Tuggle said that the police would be viewed worn on the body images from the camera and the collection of evidence, an activity that would remain after sunrise.
Tuggle also doesn’t say how long the researchers would keep the area closed.
The wounded agent was in a good mood Sunday night, according to a police officers’ union, which the president visited the trauma center, with other officials, the union tweeted, according to the newspaper.