A man was injured after being shot in an altercation with a Baltimore County police officer responding to a house fire in Dundalk on Wednesday, officials said.
Police and fire officals responded to a call for a house fire in the 300 block of Pine St. just before 9 a.m., Baltimore County Police Department spokesman Cpl. Shawn Vinson said.
Two police officers entered the house, where they found a man and a woman inside, Vinson said. The man refused to leave despite multiple attempts by the officers to get him out of the house, Vinson said.
“At some point, there was an altercation between one of the officers that was inside the house and this person inside the house,” Vinson said.
During the altercation the officer’s gun was fired and struck the person in the “mid-body.” He sustained a non-life threatening injury and was taken to a local hospital for treatment, Vinson said.
Vinson said police are trying to determine whether the shooting was intentional. He said at least one of the officers was wearing an active body camera and police will look to footage to better understand the cause of the shooting.
The officer whose gun discharged, who was not identified, was also taken to a local hospital, where he is being treated for smoke inhalation.
The woman inside the house also escaped the fire.
A trail of blood stains and crime scene markers wrapped around the corner from Pine Street onto Sollers Point Road on Wednesday morning at about 10:30 a.m. Medics treated the man who was shot on the scene before he was transported to the hospital.
The cause of the fire was still being investigated Wednesday morning, Vinson said.