A 30-year-old Baltimore man who was shot by police after allegedly shooting at officers in May 2016 has been sentenced to 60 years in prison, prosecutors said.
Davi Ralph was convicted by a jury in October of assault and multiple handgun-related counts and acquitted of attempted first-degree murder. His sentence was just shy of the maximum possible sentence he faced, which according to prosecutors was 63 years.
The shooting occurred in the 1700 block of Homestead St. on May 31, 2016. Police responded to a call for shots fired and saw Ralph, who fled.
Officer R.J. Waters testified at the trial that he arrived to find other officers chasing a suspect up Aisquith Street. The officer said he cut through an alley to head off the suspect just north of Clifton Park.
The suspect swiveled back, raised his arm and fired two shots at other officers chasing behind, Waters told jurors. He saw the muzzle flash in the darkness and returned fire.
“I had no choice,” Waters told the jury.
Waters and another officer, Michael Jones, were cleared in the shooting.
Ralph’s defense attorney had raised questions about inconsistencies in police statements, and his family had cheered his acquittal on attempted murder charges, which carry a maximum possible sentence of life in prison.
State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said in a statement that “those who deliberately make attempts against the lives of these dedicated public servants will be held accountable.”