An off-duty Washington police officer was killed and a woman was wounded Saturday in a shooting in West Baltimore, police say.
At about 12:45 a.m., officers found the two shooting victims in the 2800 block of Elgin Ave. in the Panway/Braddish Avenue neighborhood.
Tony Anthony Mason Jr., 40, who lived in Baltimore, was found with gunshot wounds to his body, according to police. Mason is a sergeant with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington and was off duty when the shooting occurred. The D.C. Police Union could not immediately be reached for comment.
He was taken to an area hospital where he died.
The second victim, a 43-year-old woman, was shot in her leg, police said, and treated at a hospital.
Police said investigators believe the victims were inside a parked car when an unknown suspect approached, began shooting, then fled, police said.
The Metropolitan Police Department said Mason was a 17-year veteran of the force. He lived near the Frankford area of Baltimore, according to public records. There was no answer at the phone listed for the address.
David Simonetti, the director of the police academy at Hagerstown Community College, said he worked with Mason in D.C. from 2004 to 2009. He said Mason worked in the 6th District vice unit at that time.
“He was just the nicest guy — always happy to see you and greeted you with a smile,” Simonetti said. “He'd do anything for you, without having to be asked. He was a tough, fair, hard-working and diligent officer.”
Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7Lockup. You can also text tips to 443-902-4824.
The Baltimore office of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms is offering up to $10,000 for information about the shooting.
The Associated Press and Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton contributed to this report.