Michael Schatzow

Baltimore double fatal shooting in December ruled justified; 2017 homicide count drops to 341

Baltimore double fatal shooting in December ruled justified; 2017 homicide count drops to 341

A double-fatal shooting in Northeast Baltimore in December has been reclassified as a justified act, reducing the city’s 2017 homicide count from 343 to 341, Baltimore Police said Friday.

Last year remains the deadliest in the city’s history on a per capita basis.

The shooting in question occurred about 1 p.m. on Dec. 18 in the 1100 block of E. 43rd St., police said.

At the time, police said officers had arrived on the block for a reported shooting and found 27-year-old Donnell Haley with a gunshot wound to his stomach. Haley, who police said had a handgun in his possession, died at a local hospital, police said.

Officers then “received information that another...

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