Baltimore Police say a weapon was recovered from a man critically injured by Baltimore County Police officers outside the city department’s Southwestern District earlier this week.
The announcement sheds some light on the Wednesday shooting, in which county officers came into the city while searching for a man they said pulled a rifle during an altercation that afternoon.
Baltimore Police spokeswoman Lindsey Eldridge said Friday the city is conducting the criminal investigation while Baltimore County is conducting its own administrative investigation. Whether the man fired a weapon before being he was shot is still under investigation, she said.
Shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday, Baltimore County officers were following a suspect they said had earlier pulled a weapon on someone in the county, and then fled the scene. Their search reached Baltimore city and eventually brought them to an SUV parked in the 500 block of Hurley Ave., near the police station, in the Gwynn Falls neighborhood of Baltimore city.
As Baltimore County officers approached the man, police said he allegedly got out and pointed a weapon in the direction of police officers. Officers told the suspect to drop his weapon, a witness said, and at least one officer fired, striking the suspect. He was taken to a local hospital and is in critical condition, police said.
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Neither department has publicly identified the man who was injured in the shooting.
County police identified the officer who fired as Officer Flaherty, who is assigned to the Woodlawn Precinct. A police union agreement prevents Baltimore County from providing officers’ first names. The officer is on routine administrative leave, the department said.
Police say they were seeking the suspect because a victim told county officers that a man in a GMC Envoy blocked his driveway 1400 block of Adamsview Road in the county. The driver used a “long gun to point at and assault citizens in Baltimore County,” according to a police report released Friday.
Before the shooting, county officers “were in contact with Baltimore City police officers over the radio and in person at the district,” said Baltimore County Police spokeswoman Joy Stewart said in statement Friday.
As police tracked the suspect they neared the Southwestern District Baltimore City police stationhouse. The man was shot after he allegedly “produced a gun”, police said,
Multiple cartridge casings were located on the north side parking lot of the police precinct house, the report said. Baltimore City Fire Department Medic 4 responded to the scene and took the suspect to a the University of Maryland Shock Trauma, the incident report said.
The suspect’s gray GMC Envoy was towed from the crime scene to the Northern District for further investigation, according to the report.