A Baltimore police officer fatally shot a man during a struggle early yesterday on a Northwest Baltimore street while investigating reports of a road-rage incident on Liberty Heights Avenue, a department spokesman said.
The man, who was not carrying identification and hadn't been identified yesterday afternoon, was the eighth person fatally shot by police this year. Last year, five people were killed in confrontations with police, and another 10 people were wounded.
So far this year, 13 people have been shot and survived in encounters with police, according to department statistics.
Agent Donny Moses, the spokesman, said officers were called to the 3500 block of Liberty Heights Ave. about 4:40 a.m. to investigate the complaint and found a disabled blue Nissan Maxima stopped on the eastbound side of the street.
Moses said two officers approached the vehicle and ordered the driver to get out. The spokesman said the man refused and became combative. Officers then removed the man from the vehicle and a fight ensued, police said. Moses said the man tried to reach for one of the officers' weapons.
The other officer then shot the man, Moses said. Police at the scene would not say where the man was hit or how many times, but Moses said more than one shot had been fired.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The Nissan had damage to its left front end and tire, and was towed to police headquarters to be processed by crime-lab technicians for evidence, Moses said.
The Police Department did not release the names of the officers involved in the shooting.