An off-duty Baltimore police officer was charged Tuesday in Pennsylvania with attempted homicide after police there said he shot a man multiple times outside the officer's home.
John E. Torres, 33, is accused of shooting a 34-year-old Baltimore man several times in the upper torso and arm after a confrontation outside of Torres' apartment complex around midday.
York Area Regional Police Sgt. Jeffry Dunbar said Torres, who was in his police uniform at the time but off-duty, turned himself in at the scene. Dunbar said Torres was among a number of people who called 911 after the shooting.
"The incident appears to be a result of a dispute between the two individuals," York Area Regional Police said in a statement.
Torres has been on the force since October 2002 and was assigned to the Southeastern District, according to court records and a police roster.
In 2008, Torres shot and killed fellow officer Norman Stamp, who was off-duty and involved in a fight at a Southeast Baltimore strip club that Torres had been called to help quell. That incident shook the department. Torres was cleared of wrongdoing by a civil jury.
Baltimore police spokeswoman Sgt. Sarah Connolly said city police detectives drove to York Township in York County on Tuesday to be part of the investigation, but police declined to release any information on Torres or his duties.
The shooting took place outside an apartment complex in the 300 block of Brentwood Drive. The victim did not fire any shots, Dunbar said.
Investigators recovered the gun they believe was used in the incident, Dunbar said. It was unclear whether the gun was Torres' service weapon. He was charged with attempted homicide and aggravated assault.
The victim was taken to a York area hospital. "The victim was conscious and speaking when he left here for the hospital," Dunbar said.
Messages seeking comment from Baltimore police union president Robert F. Cherry and vice president Gene Ryan were not returned. No relative for Torres could be reached, and an attorney who represented Torres in a civil case six years ago did not respond to an emailed request for comment.
In the 2008 shooting, Stamp, 65, was hanging out with members of his motorcycle club when he rushed out of the Haven Place bar wearing brass knuckles, according to testimony at a civil trial.
Torres struck Stamp with a Taser, then fired two shots when Stamp reached for his own service weapon, police said at the time. Then-Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III said that day that Torres "did what he was taught to do in these types of situations."
A civil jury found in favor of Torres after a two-week trial in which Stamp's widow claimed that Torres "wrongly prejudged" the situation and that the Police Department had not aggressively investigated the shooting.
Court records show Torres was sued two other times in 2008 for separate incidents that were not related to the shooting death of Officer Stamp. Court documents show both cases were settled by the city. Details of those cases were not available Tuesday.
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