UMB police shoot man in leg

UMB police shoot man who they say waved knife and made motion toward waistband.

University of Maryland police shot a man near its downtown Baltimore medical center and hospital who they say was threatening people and had made a motion as if he was going to pull out a gun.

University police received a call at about 1:11 p.m. of an armed person near the medical center, Baltimore police spokesman Sgt. Jarron Jackson said.

Officers canvassed the area when Jackson said two of them came upon a man in the 500 block of Russell St. visibly waving a knife.

As the officers approached and made contact, Jackson said, the man reached into his waistband. At least one of the officers, believing the man was about to pull a gun, shot him.

The suspect was struck at least once in the leg, Jackson said. He was taken to a hospital and police expect him to survive.

Jackson said Baltimore police Homicide detectives, who investigate police-involved shootings, are investigating. Whether the man had a gun is part of the investigation, Jackson said.

"What we do know right now is that he was walking down the street visibly waving his knife and he went to his waistband to withdraw what we believed was a gun," Jackson said.

Jackson said many people witnessed the incident on Russell Street, which connects the city to interstates and runs by Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The shooting occurred just south of the Sunoco gas station on Russell. Jackson asks that anyone who saw what transpired to call the Baltimore police Homicide Unit at (410) 396-2100.

The shooting was the first time a law enforcement officer shot someone in the city since April 18, when Baltimore police shot a man they said fled a traffic stop on foot who drew a loaded handgun while an officer chased him.

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