A Baltimore off-duty police officer was awakened by an armed intruder who he struggled with and took his weapon shooting the burglar. (Baltimore Sun video)
An off-duty Baltimore police officer was awakened Monday morning by an armed burglar inside his city home, wrestled a gun from the man and fatally shot him with it, according to city police.
The officer, who was not hurt, has been placed on administrative leave. The suspect was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Neither was immediately identified.
Capt. Jarron Jackson, a police spokesman, said the officer called 911 about 11:30 a.m. and alerted emergency personnel to the shooting in his home in the 4400 block of Furley Ave., in the Frankford neighborhood of Northeast Baltimore.
The officer was home alone at the time of the shooting, Jackson said. It was unclear how the suspect gained entrance, but that is under investigation, he said.
Once inside, police believe, the suspect confronted the officer and demanded money from him before the shooting, Jackson said. Police do not believe the suspect fired any shots.
Police Commissioner Kevin Davis and several other top police commanders responded to the scene.
The shooting occurred just days after City Council President Bernard "Jack" Young criticized officers who don't live in the city. His comments came as a council committee gave approval to a $2,500 tax credit for officers who become residents.
It also comes a week after a shooting by an on-duty police officer, also in Northeast Baltimore. In that incident on Oct. 16, Officer Kevin Amy shot 20-year-old Eric Garrison as Garrison exited a 7-Eleven that he had just robbed with a shotgun, police said. Garrison was killed.
Davis praised Amy for doing a good job after reviewing body-worn camera footage and surveillance footage from the store.
The shooting by Amy was the fourth shooting — and the third fatal shooting — by an on-duty city police officer this year. All of those shootings were captured on body-worn cameras. Police released the footage in three incidents, and granted reporters access to watch the footage from the fourth.
There did not appear to be any footage of the fatal shooting by the off-duty officer on Monday.
"What makes this investigation different from other police-involved shootings is that the police officer in this incident was the victim of a burglary," Jackson said. "He wasn't working. He didn't have his body-worn camera on. He wasn't responding to a call for service."
City police have also fired at but not struck suspects in two other incidents this year. Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also shot a man in Baltimore this year.
Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby's office reviews police shootings. Her office has cleared Det. David Kincaid Jr. in the February shooting of 18-year-old Curtis Deal, who was seen on body-camera footage pulling a gun out and pointing it at Kincaid during a foot chase. The other shootings remain under investigation, including the one by the ATF agents.