Baltimore officer cleared in off-duty Middle River shooting

A Baltimore police officer who authorities say shot a man who attacked him in Middle River last month has been cleared of wrongdoing, Baltimore County police said Thursday.

The officer was justified in his actions during the Sept. 20 incident on Red Rose Farm Road, State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger's office said.

The officer was identified as Officer Michael Nolan-Anderson by the city police department and by Shellenberger's office.

County police say Nolan-Anderson had gotten off work and was driving about 12:30 a.m. when one of two intoxicated men "somehow damaged the mirror on his vehicle." Nolan-Anderson stopped to talk to the men, and they attacked him, police said.

He retrieved his Taser from his vehicle and used it in an attempt to defend himself, but when the men didn't stop, he shot one of them in the arm with his gun, which was in a holster on his belt, police said. The man was later taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Investigators said that at some point during the incident, Nolan-Anderson announced that he was a police officer.

On Thursday, Shellenberger declined to comment on the case.

Nolan-Anderson has worked for the Baltimore Police Department since February 2014, according to department spokeswoman Lt. Sarah Connolly. He was assigned to administrative duties following the shooting, she said.

Officials will determine whether to charge the other men. Detectives continue to review the incident, county police said.

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