An on-duty Maryland Transit Administration police officer was knocked unconscious on Friday afternoon near a subway station in West Baltimore, according to officials and a social media post.
MTA spokeswoman Veronica Battisti confirmed Saturday morning that a suspect was taken into custody in the assault on an officer at the Upton Metro Station. The officer had been transported to a local hospital and was still recovering from non-life-threatening injuries Saturday afternoon.
Battisti identified the suspect as 32-year-old Shaka Admed Sekuo Kamara Jr., and said he was apprehended with help from the Baltimore Police Department.
A photo that surfaced online Friday afternoon showed an officer unconscious and slumped against a wall, with a caption showing that it happened in the 1700 block of Pennsylvania Ave. Later, video of the incident began circulating widely on social media, depicting people standing over the officer saying he was “always talking [expletive]" and got “knocked the [expletive] out." In another clip, city officers can be seen tending to him while the man filming says they are “next.”
MDOT MTA Police said they were investigating the incident and anyone with information was asked to call 410-454-7720.
City Council President Brandon Scott tweeted Friday that he was made aware of the incident by city police. “The person who did this is a coward and must be brought to justice,” he wrote on Twitter.
The incident came one day after an on-duty MTA bus driver, 51-year-old Marcus Parks, was fatally shot on the city’s east side. Police announced the arrest of two suspects Friday morning.
Baltimore Sun reporter Christina Tkacik contributed to this article.