Baltimore Police investigate after a man shoots at officers and at least one officer returns fire, according to the police.
A man shot multiple times at police officers Monday night and at least one officer returned fire, Baltimore Police said.
Just before 8:40 p.m., officers responded to a ShotSpotter alert in the area of the 2500 block of Edmondson Ave. in the Rosemont Homeowners/Tenants neighborhood in West Baltimore.
Authorities said officers saw a vehicle and attempted to pull it over. As the vehicle came to a stop, police said, “it is believed” that an occupant of the vehicle began to fire a gun at the officers.
The driver then fled and headed down West Lafayette Avenue, stopping at the West Lafayette Avenue bridge in the Midtown-Edmondson neighborhood near Bridgeview/Greenlawn. An occupant then exited the vehicle again and began shooting at approaching officers, striking a patrol vehicle multiple times. At least one officer returned fire before the vehicle fled from the area, police said.
One officer was taken to Shock Trauma as a precautionary measure. Officers remain on the scene investigating the incident and are actively searching for the vehicle and its occupants. Anyone with information is asked to call 911.
A short time later, officers responded to a local hospital for a walk-in shooting. The victim informed officers that he was shot near the 2500 block of Edmondson Ave. Officers are working to determine whether there is any connection to any of these incidents, police said.
Police had already responded to a shooting in the same block earlier in the afternoon that left a 22-year-old man dead.
No arrests have been made, department spokeswoman Lindsey Eldridge said, and there is no description of the suspect’s car.
Dozens of officers and crime scene technicians searched with flashlights for evidence in the 2000 block of West Lafayette. Shell casings were scattered across the entirety of the bridge and police dogs searched the scene.
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Detectives huddled in a circle talking and jotting notes down as the department’s mobile command center shined a light on the area.
A man said he was driving on West Lafayette and when he was about to cross the intersection saw police cars zoom past him.
The man, who declined to be identified out of fear of retaliation, said he decided to turn and park his car on the side to get out of the way. He said that’s when he saw several police cars swarm the intersection and then heard at least five shots.
”I was stunned,” he said. “It was insane and it all happened so fast.”
The man said he couldn’t tell whether the shots were fired by police or the car they were chasing.