Authorities in Baltimore responded to a gunfight between a police officer and a gunman. A witness said that it sounded like a war.
(Kenneth K. Lam/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
A 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.
Interim chief of Police Gary Tuggle said that several rounds were fired in the gunfire that 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.
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Tuggle said the shootout began after the officer came upon the suspect, adding the police with the crime suppression initiative were not actively searching for the person who was fatally shot.
Kelly Blanding, 50, who is watching football in a nearby house, told The Baltimore Sun that he heard so many shots, that “I began to wonder, when is it gonna stop?”
Evidence markers in an alley on Fayette Street, where the police are investigating after an officer was shot and killed. pic.twitter.com/esjbtMtBqH
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“It was like a war out here,” he said.
A witness estimated that he heard 20 shots, according to the paper.
The paper reported that the district is the same area where two people were shot and injured last week.
The authorities said they were still gathering information about the circumstances of the shooting 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.
The Sun reported that the injured agent was in a good mood Sunday night, according to a police officers’ union. The police union president had gone to the trauma center, with other officials, the union tweeted, according to the newspaper.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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