Baltimore police on Wednesday released the name of the officer who fired a gun Sunday during a physical struggle, hitting two bystanders.

Quinton Smith, a Northern District patrol officer, was trying to clear a crowd that had gathered outside a carryout restaurant in the 5400 block of York Road early Sunday when he asked Theodore Smith, 37, for identification. Police said Theodore Smith refused and engaged Quinton Smith in a physical struggle and the Baltimore officer fired his service gun.

The single shot struck a 21-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman, causing wounds to both that weren't life-threatening, police said.

Theodore Smith, arrested Monday, was charged with first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault and resisting arrest, police said.

Quinton Smith, who joined the police force in January 2002, has been placed on administrative leave while homicide detectives investigate the shooting — a customary practice in all police shootings. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi did not immediately know whether Smith had been involved in other police shootings.

Dameatrice Moore, 21, told ABC2 News that he was the man shot in the incident. Shot in his inner arm and side, Moore told the TV station he was an innocent bystander when, he said, Quinton Smith pulled the trigger "without looking" while the officer had Theodore Smith pinned against a wall. Quinton Smith could not be reached for comment.

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