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Body camera footage released by Baltimore Police shows man opening fire on an officer, who fired back; no injuries reported

Body camera footage of a police-involved shooting in the 400 block of Gilmore Street on February 17, 2021.

Baltimore Police on Wednesday released body-worn camera footage of an incident last month in which an officer exchanged gunfire with an unknown gunman.

The shooting occurred around 7:30 p.m. on February 17 when two uniformed officers saw an individual they believed to be armed in the 400 block of Gilmor Street, near Route 40 in West Baltimore, the department said.

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As the officers approached, police said the gunman turned and fired at the police vehicle, prompting one officer to return fire.

Deputy Police Commissioner Brian Nadeau, who narrated the footage from the incident, said three rounds were fired at officer Wright, before Wright discharged his weapon.

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Nadeau said the incident began when Wright and officer Dontae Foster were inside a patrol vehicle when they observed a group of males at Cole and Gilmor streets. One of the males tried leaving and going into a nearby home, but was unsuccessful, and he then ran down a nearby alley. At that point, Nadeau said Foster got out of the patrol car and Wright continued driving, and the officers followed the male back to Gilmor. That’s when the man fired at the patrol car. Wright fired back.

Wright was named in a previous shooting in Curtis Bay in 2017. In that incident, police said previously that Wright and another officer, Rico Perry, fired at a 23-year-old man after he pulled a gun on them during a foot chase. Surveillance and the body camera footage from that incident showed the man pull a gun and point it in Perry’s direction during the chase, prompting an exchange of gunfire.

Police spokeswoman Lindsey Eldridge said in an email that Wright remains on administrative duty, as is procedure.

“At this time, the investigation is still ongoing and we are looking to identify and locate the suspect that fired at our officer,” she said.

The department’s Special Investigation Response Team continues to investigate, and anyone who has any information is asked to call police at 410-396-2300 or Metro Crime Stoppers tip-line, at 1-866-7LOCK-UP.

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