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Police officer shot, suspect killed in exchange of gunfire

A suspect was killed and a police officer was shot in the leg in a shootout in Northwest Baltimore.

A suspect was killed and a police officer was shot in the leg Wednesday night in a shootout in Northwest Baltimore, police said.

Officers were driving through the 3700 block of Oakmont Ave. about 7:45 p.m. when they saw the 32-year-old man with a gun, police said. They confronted him, and the gunman and at least one officer exchanged fire, police said.

Police did not name the gunman. Police said the officer, a five-year veteran of the department, was being treated at a hospital.

Police said they recovered the suspect's gun at the scene.

At least four orange cones — evidence markers — surrounded a white Dodge minivan about halfway down the block.

Detectives paced, investigating the scene.

Police spokesman T.J. Smith would not say whether the officers went to the block to arrest the suspect or were simply patrolling the neighborhood.

"We have officers that are dedicated to addressing the crime that we're seeing in our community daily, and these officers were a part of that team going after people — like this suspect — who have guns, that are on the street trying to harm communities," Smith said. "This suspect produced that weapon and that's what led to this incident."

Commissioner Kevin Davis and Deputy Commissioner Dean Palmere were at the scene, Smith said. Davis and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake later went to the hospital to visit the wounded officer.

"First and foremost, we want to thank everybody for their thoughts and prayers," Smith said.

"Anytime you hear about a police officer being shot from this leadership position, it just makes your heart drop to your stomach," Davis said. "Thankfully, he's going to be OK."

Davis said the wounded officer's "spirits are really high and he's surrounded by his squad" at the hospital.

Davis also said he is "proud of the work" the officers were doing in the neighborhood when the incident occurred.

"They're out here doing some of the toughest police work we do," he said. "They're out here engaging people who we know are harming our community."

Baltimore Sun reporter Kevin Rector contributed to this story.

cmcampbell@baltsun.com

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