As a group of Baltimore Police officers approached an SUV believed to be have been stolen during an armed home robbery, the driver took off, striking an officer, who responded by shooting him through the vehicle’s windshield, footage from officers’ body worn camera shows.
Officer Thomas Smith, an Eastern District Patrol trainee who was hired in July, can be heard telling the driver, identified by police as Corey Dixon, “stop, stop, stop,” before the SUV barrels toward him and Smith fires at the vehicle, the footage shows.
Baltimore Police released a portion of Smith’s camera footage, as well as footage from two other officers’ cameras, and aerial footage from the police helicopter.
Dixon’s defense attorney Andre Mahasa said at Dixon’s bail review hearing Monday that his client was shot, then lost control before striking the officer. A judge ordered that Dixon be held without bond.
Dixon previously had been ordered held without bond on gun and drug charges but was freed after the public defender’s office raised COVID-19 concerns. Police have said Dixon is a person of interest in recent robberies but have not charged him.
Dixon was shot just after 9 p.m. May 13, in a parking lot in the 2200 block of E. Biddle Street, after officers from the District Action Team noticed an SUV that had been taken in an earlier robbery.
According to police, a woman reported that she was walking into her home when she was robbed of her cellphone and the keys to her Nissan Rogue SUV, said Deputy Commissioner Brian Nadeau, who oversees the Public Integrity Bureau, which includes the unit investigating the shooting.
He provided narration to the compilation of footage from the incident.
As the officers approached, one tells the officer, “let me see your hands.” Then the engine can be heard starting up, and the officer yells, “do not, do not,” but the SUV then pulls away.
By that time, Smith and another officer had pulled into the parking lot, and Smith got out of the patrol car and walked toward the SUV. As he does that, it cuts across the parking lot toward him, his body camera video shows.
“Stop, stop, stop,” Smith can be heard calling out as the SUV continues toward him. Shots are fired. The camera is then shaky, but Smith appears to remain upright, and continues, along with other officers on foot, after the SUV.
The police department said Smith discharged his weapon two times through the front windshield of the car, striking Dixon, in the left hand and left shoulder.
Dixon continues to flee in the vehicle, according to police. The final piece of footage released by police Friday is from the department’s Foxtrot helicopter, which shows a helicopter crew member directing officers on the ground toward the fleeing SUV.
The SUV continues to the 1200 block of Preston Street, where it strikes a parked car and the driver jumps out and flees. The helicopter continues directing officers to the 2000 block of Washington St., where Dixon ran into a gap between the rear of two rowhomes. After an officer approaches, Dixon can be seen with his hands up and kneeling on the ground.
Police said Dixon was taken to the Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was treated and released for non life-threatening injuries. Smith also was taken to Hopkins for non life-threatening injuries.
Dixon is charged with second-degree assault and traffic violations, and remains a person of interest in other cases, police said.
Dixon has no prior convictions, according to visible electronic court records. (A new law recently went into effect that removes dropped cases from the online case search database.)
The police department also released footage this week from another police-involved shooting on May 16 in the 1800 block of E. Lafayette Ave. Police officers shot and killed Timothy Fleming after he appeared to threaten a woman with a knife, despite the repeated pleas by the officers for him to drop the knife.