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Baltimore officer injured in Federal Hill shooting also went by ‘Saint,’ an artist who made national headlines rapping about policing

The Baltimore police officer who was shot Tuesday night during a chase in Federal Hill is Officer Joshua Jackson, a 27-year-old from the department’s Central District who once made headlines for his musical talent as “Saint, the Rapping Cop.”

Baltimore Police confirmed Wednesday that Jackson was shot by an unknown assailant Tuesday night while the officer was pursuing him in the 1000 block of Light St.

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Police have not identified the suspect, but said the search was continuing Wednesday morning.

Police say Jackson was shot sometime after 9:25 p.m. when he was pursuing a suspect who’d tried to flee a traffic stop and ran away on foot when he crashed into a parked car.

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Police officials said Jackson was shot in the lower abdomen and is expected to recover.

“He is in good spirits and was released [from Shock Trauma] Wednesday morning,” police said.

But the suspect, officials said, got away and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison talks about a crime scene in Federal Hill where a police officer was shot and injured.

Jackson made headlines last year and was featured on the Today show after the department posted a music video online featuring Jackson, who rapped about “Baltimore’s Finest” under his stage name, “Saint.”

The video, produced by the department, features Jackson rapping about work as a police officer in the city over imagery of other officers responding to calls throughout Baltimore. It went viral in 2019, mixing lyrics about respect for his fellow officers with testimonial about life as an officer in the city.

Jackson, an Anne Arundel County native, started with the department in 2017. He said last year that he’d been rapping since he was a freshman at Glen Burnie High School and he hoped to bring a positive message to the department and the community with his music.

In a statement Wednesday on Twitter, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan initially misidentified the officer as a major, but later deleted the tweet.

“We are deeply disturbed by the senseless shooting of a police officer last night in Federal Hill. Fortunately, the officer is in good condition, and state law enforcement stands ready to assist the investigation," he said in a revised post.

Anyone with information on the shooting asked to call police or call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7lockup.

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