Baltimore Police officers opened fire across Erdman Avenue last month, striking a passing car and a 16-year-old boy they said pointed an apparent weapon at another person outside a rowhome, video footage shows.
The weapon was later determined to be a replica handgun.
“He pointed a gun at a boy and went back in the house. We fired,” Northeast District Officer Alexia Davis can be heard telling other arriving officers.
The police department released the body-worn camera footage Friday, nearly two weeks after Davis and a fellow officer fired shots April 25 in the 3900 block of Erdman Ave. The officers, police said, struck the teen who was holding what later was determined to be a Smith & Wesson M&P 40 BB gun, which resembles a semi-automatic pistol.
The teen, who has not been publicly identified because of his age, suffered non life-threatening injuries and was later charged with possession of a BB gun, police said.
Other people standing outside the home did not fire, and the officers were not injured, according to police.
The shooting occurred just before 5 p.m. across from the Erdman Shopping Center in the Belair-Edison neighborhood. Police said in a previous statement that the officers said they saw two men about to get into a fight, and that one of them was holding a handgun.
Two officers then “engaged with the individual and at least one discharged their departmental issued firearms, striking the armed suspect in the left forearm,” the statement said.
Video released Friday comes from two officers’ body-worn cameras and the shopping center, and is narrated by Deputy Police Commissioner Brian Nadeau. Nadeau head the department’s Public Integrity Bureau, which includes the Special Investigation Response Team investigating the shooting.
Grainy surveillance video from the nearby Save A Lot grocery store shows a group of people standing outside an end-of-unit rowhome on Erdman Avenue. One person can be seen leaving the porch. A second person follows, then turns around and returns to the porch.
At this time, Nadeau said, Davis and a second officer, Lamall Wilson, were in the shopping center and heard a commotion. The two officers are then seen running across Erdman Avenue, as traffic passes, and across a median strip, toward the rowhome.
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The compilation video then cuts to footage from Davis’ body-worn camera. The footage doesn’t include any audio at first because of a 30-second delay, Nadeau said.
At this point, Davis fires toward the group, he said.
Police spokeswoman Lindsey Eldridge said the department determined one of the shots struck a passing vehicle.
The video then shows a dark handgun being tossed from the porch, and three people are seen running into the house. Davis and Wilson then run toward a parked car on the street and take cover; they can be heard calling for backup. Davis can be heard saying another person is in the house.
“Do not move, I swear to God,” Wilson can be heard shouting at the group that appears to have returned to the porch.
The department’s video then cuts to Wilson’s body-worn camera footage. Two other officers can be seen now outside a front gate leading up to the rowhome. They did not appear to have their guns drawn.
Three people are on the porch. Two have their arms up in the air. The teen can be seen lying on his stomach on the top of the steps.