Baltimore Police respond to a police-involved shooting in the 600 block of Lombard St. on February 25, 2021.
Baltimore Police fatally shot a man Thursday night at an Inner Harbor parking garage after he allegedly shot a civilian then pulled a gun on officers.
Police identified the man Friday as Benjamin Tyson, 35, of the Mosher neighborhood in West Baltimore. He died at the hospital.
Tyson allegedly shot and wounded a 23-year-old man who was in stable condition at the hospital Friday, police said. They said Tyson’s gun misfired when he took aim at officers.
The violence occurred shortly before 9:30 p.m. in a popular tourist area lined by shops and restaurants near Power Plant Live!, just as workers were headed home from the Underground Pizza Co., which opened late last year.
“It is a generally safe area just because of the presence of the police,” owner Evan Weinstein said Friday. “That is the first incident we had seen since we opened so I have not really thought much about it today. It is not a random act of violence, it sounds like it was an interaction between police and someone suspected of doing something.”
Thursday night, police officers were patrolling the area when a civilian flagged them down near the intersection of East Pratt Street and Market Place. A man had just been shot, and one officer treated the wounded person while another officer chased the suspected shooter.
The suspect ran into a parking garage about a block away at 600 E. Lombard St.
“The officers ordered the suspect to put his hands up, at which time, the suspect produced a handgun and attempted to fire the weapon. It is believed that the handgun misfired. At least two officers fired their weapons, striking the suspect,” police wrote in a news release issued Friday.
Police Commissioner Michael Harrison arrived at the scene Thursday night and said he watched the officers’ body camera footage. The commissioner said the suspect — later identified as Tyson — ran up the ramp of the Harbor Parking Garage and turned around to shoot. Harrison believes the gun misfired.
“Having reviewed bodycam footage personally, with our mayor, with our city administrator, with our deputy commissioner, we can say that our officers were being proactive and doing exactly what the citizens of Baltimore expect,” Harrison said at the scene.
Online court records show Tyson had a history of gun, assault and drug possession charges and the cases were dismissed or resulted in probation.
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