A suspect was killed and a police officer was shot in the leg in a shootout in Northwest Baltimore Wednesday night, police said. Officers were driving through the 3700 block of Oakmont Ave. in Langston Hughes about 7:45 p.m. when they saw the 32-year-old man with a gun, police said. They confronted him, at which point the suspect and at least one officer exchanged fire.
A suspect was killed and a police officer was shot in the leg in a shootout in Northwest Baltimore Wednesday night, police said. Officers were driving through the 3700 block of Oakmont Ave. in Langston Hughes about 7:45 p.m. when they saw the 32-year-old man with a gun, police said. They confronted him, at which point the suspect and at least one officer exchanged fire. (Colin Campbell / Baltimore Sun)

The 32-year-old man killed in an exchange of gunfire with Baltimore police on Wednesday night — in which an officer also was shot — was identified by police Thursday as Ryan Quinn Martin of the 4900 block of Edgemere Ave.

The wounded officer — who was shot once in the calf and suffered two graze wounds on the thigh — was identified as Officer Thomas Young, a five-year member of the force.

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Police said Young and Officer Duane Weston, a 10-year veteran of the force, fired their weapons at Martin during the exchange of gunfire about 7:45 p.m. in the 3700 block of Oakmont Ave. in Northwest Baltimore.

"This just outlines the inherent dangers that our officers face every day," Police Department spokesman T.J. Smith said Thursday.

He said the officers were part of the Special Enforcement Unit and were conducting an unrelated investigation in the area when Martin opened fire on them, striking Young. Weston was not injured, he said.

Both officers returned fire, hitting Quinn, Smith said. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Smith said "there was an encounter between the two officers who were out there investigating and this person who had a gun," but did not provide further details about what might have led Martin to draw his weapon and fire.

"This is what our officers are fighting every day and every night. They're running toward the danger. They're running toward the gunfire as they do everything they can to keep the city streets safe," Smith said.

"It's the guys out there that choose to use these guns against one another, and even the police, that are causing these problems. We're continuing to go out there and go after the people that are trying to cause harm to our community."

Smith said the bullet remains lodged in the Young's calf but that the officer is in "good spirits" and several officers have been to the hospital to see him.

"It's going to be some time as he recovers from this, but we are thankful that the injuries appear to be nonlife-threatening. The worst call we can get as a police department is that an officer has been shot," he said.

Martin had a history of gun and drug convictions, according to online court records. His family could not be reached for comment.

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