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Baltimore police identify officer and the man he shot during disturbance on The Block last week

Baltimore Police have released the names of an officer and the person he shot last week during a disturbance on The Block.

Police said Officer Alexandros Haziminas, who has been on the force since 2014, was working the city’s red light district at about 1:45 a.m. on Aug 12 when a fight broke out at the intersection of Baltimore and Holliday streets.

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Officers said they heard what they believed to be gunfire and saw a man pointing a handgun at the group. The man fled westbound into the 300 block of W. Baltimore St., where he allegedly turned and pointed his gun at Haziminas, who shot him three times.

Police wrote in charging documents that a Taurus 38 special was recovered from the scene. It had two live rounds and no spent casings, meaning it had not been fired.

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Police identified the suspect as 31-year-old Terrance Tyrone Hillman, and said he was treated and released from a hospital and taken to Central Booking.

He is being held without bail on gun charges, as well as a second-degree assault case from earlier this year. At the time of the shooting, Hillman was also being sought on a bench warrant for a violation of probation in a Baltimore County robbery case, in which he received a suspended sentence in November.

Meanwhile, Haziminas is the subject of a pending civil lawsuit brought in U.S. District Court by a man who said Haziminas “choke-slammed” him during an arrest at a bar at Power Plant Live! in 2016. The lawsuit is pending a settlement conference, according to court records. A previous federal lawsuit against Haziminas was dismissed after the plaintiff, who said he’d been beaten up by officers who stormed an eatery where he was having breakfast, failed to follow through.

Police did not release body worn camera footage of the incident, saying they have activated their policy that gives Police Commissioner Michael Harrison discretion on the release.


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