A man with a gun was shot and killed by plainclothes Baltimore Police officers after being pulled over in East Baltimore on Monday evening, police said.
The shooting occurred in the 1800 block of E. Lanvale St., in the Oliver neighborhood, just after 5 p.m. Deputy Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said the officers were patrolling in an unmarked police car when they saw two men inside of a parked white Nissan Altima with out of state license plates.
The officers felt concerned over the situation, and they called for backup. When additional officers arrived, Rodriguez said, one of the officers saw a gun.
"One of the [plainclothes] officers fired, we believe possibly both," Rodriguez said. He said the gun was recovered from the suspect's hand. The victim is not believed to have fired any shots, Rodriguez said.
Whether the suspect aimed the gun will be investigated, Rodriguez said.
Resident Derek Smith said he saw the plainclothes officers approaching the vehicle before the shooting and it appeared like a normal traffic stop to him as he walked up Lanvale Street. He walked a block up, and when he came back he saw police cars surrounding the white car, which had its passenger side door open.
"I see them pulled over, then I walked a block away and come back and see all this," he said, referring to the lights and sirens.
Last year, city officers shot 15 people, six of them fatally.
Baltimore Sun staff writer Justin Fenton contributed to this report.