Baltimore Police said that a 25-year-old man who was killed after allegedly opening fire on plainclothes officers Monday morning was not the person the officers were in the area searching for at the time.
Rodney Eubanks was shot and killed after police returned fire. Police identified the detective who was shot in the leg and fired back as Det. Brandon Bolt, a member of the department since 2013.
Police were unable to shed light on the seemingly unprovoked attack, but confirmed a detail that could offer a possible clue: Eubanks' older brother, Antonio, had been gunned down in broad daylight at the same intersection just two weeks earlier.
Police said two detectives assigned to the Warrant Apprehension Task Force were sitting in an unmarked van in the 3200 block of Westwood Ave. around 9:45 a.m. when they say Eubanks drove by, stopped, got out of his car and began firing.
Bolt was struck in the upper thigh and returned fire, police said. Eubanks was pronounced dead at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center at 10:15 a.m. Bolt was treated and released.
The shooting is being investigated by the Special Investigation Response Team, as well as the homicide unit.
Baltimore police spokesman Donny Moses said the officers were wearing body cameras, but that they were not turned on at the time.
“There was no expectancy of enforcement,” Moses said.
Reginald Lindsey, Rodney Eubanks' great uncle, said his family was surprised to hear allegations that he opened fire on police and described his death as “crushing.”
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Eubanks leaves behind two sons, Lindsey said, and had been struggling with the loss of his brother, Antonio. The family is searching for more answers.
“The aftermath is going to be tough because he was a young man and his kids will no longer see him,” Lindsey said. “This wouldn’t be the first person that we lost to violence. It is tough and does not get easier to deal with.”
Eubanks' brother, 37-year-old Antonio Eubanks, was fatally shot in the same spot two weeks ago, according to police. At 11:33 a.m. Oct. 26, Antonio Eubanks was shot in the parking lot of a Crown gas station in the 1800 block of Bloomingdale Ave., police said, which is across the street from where Monday morning’s shooting occurred. Two suspects shot him and fled south in a black Nissan Versa, police said. The killing is unsolved.
According to Wylie Funeral Home’s web site, Antonio Eubanks' funeral was held Friday.