Baltimore police say man pointed pistol at officers before garage shooting

Baltimore police investigate an officer-involved shooting in West Baltimore. Police pursued an armed man into an auto shop, where they shot him once in the face, a department spokesperson said.
Baltimore police investigate an officer-involved shooting in West Baltimore. Police pursued an armed man into an auto shop, where they shot him once in the face, a department spokesperson said. (Algerina Perna, Baltimore Sun)

Two Baltimore police officers say a man attempted to rob a hack driver, and then led them on a chase to an auto garage in Northwest Baltimore and pointed a pistol at them — prompting them to fire their service weapons.

The standoff in the 5200 block of Eleanora Ave. on the morning of June 7 left Keith Davis Jr. hospitalized in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the face, police said. He has been charged with 17 crimes related to the incident, including first-degree assault, attempted armed robbery and multiple gun violations, according to court records.


Davis, 23, of the 11700 block of Stonegate Lane, Columbia, is also charged with discharging a firearm. A police description of the events filed in Baltimore District Court makes no mention of his firing the .22-caliber long pistol that police said he brandished.

The records do, however, provide the most detailed account of the police-involved shooting to date.


Officers Catherine Filippou and Lane Eskins were in the 3900 block of W. Belvedere Ave. about 10 a.m. June 7 to help investigate a car crash when an unlicensed cab driver, or hack, pulled into the accident scene and told the officers that his passenger had a gun and was attempting to rob him, police said.

Davis then jumped out of the car and ran, police said. Eskins gave chase.

Davis ran into the auto garage, police said. Eskins and Sgt. Alfredo Santiago said they observed Davis "with gun in hand attempting to gain cover" behind a refrigerator and steel cabinets.

Davis then "raised his weapon and pointed it in the direction" of Eskins and Santiago, police said. They said the officers ordered him to drop the weapon and raise his hands, "which he refused."

Eskins and Santiago then opened fire, police said. Davis "continued to take a position of cover," police said, and more officers were called to the scene.

Officers arriving said they could see that Davis was still pointing his weapon toward the police, they said, and "additional shots were fired."

Davis "then yelled that he would put the gun down and come out if the officers would not kill him," police said. He surrendered and "laid on the ground with his hands spread."

Officers found Davis with a gunshot wound to his face and called for a medic, police said. Davis was taken to Sinai Hospital in critical but stable condition, they said.

Police said they found the long pistol on the top of the refrigerator Davis had used for cover. No officers were injured in the standoff.

Charles Holden, the hack driver, told police that Davis got into the front passenger seat and asked to be taken to the Yale Heights Apartments, police said.

On the way, Holden told police, Davis "pulled out a handgun and asked 'you got any money,'" and then patted down Holden's front pockets, police said. Then Holden pulled up to the crash scene.

Eskins, Filippou, Santiago and Officer Israel Lopez have been placed on administrative duties pending a review of the shooting by the Police Department's force investigation team, police said. None of the officers has been involved in a shooting before, police said.


Davis has been charged with attempted armed robbery, attempted robbery, three counts each of first-degree assault and second-degree assault, four weapons charges, failure to obey police, theft, and three counts of reckless endangerment.

Davis is now being held in jail. He did not have an attorney listed in court records. A trial has been scheduled for July 14.

Also on Monday, the Maryland Transit Administration named MTA Police Officer Aaron Jackson, 28, a three-year veteran of the force, as the officer who shot an armed suspect in the leg in the 5500 block of Harford Road on Friday night after "a struggle."

The man was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital for treatment. Baltimore police are investigating the shooting. Details have not been provided, and the suspect has not been identified or charged.

Jackson has been assigned to administrative duties pending the investigation.


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