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Baltimore police shoot armed man in face

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)

A police officer shot a man in the face Sunday morning after he ran into a garage in Northwest Baltimore holding a gun, officials said.

Officers had been at a car crash at the corner of W. Belvedere and St. Charles avenues nearby just before 10 a.m., when they were tipped off that the man had a gun, said Col. Garnell Green, of the Office of Internal Oversight.

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They saw him and chased him three blocks to the 5200 block of Eleanora Ave., where he ran into the garage and two other people ran out, Green said.

Shots were fired, and one of the officers shot the suspect in the face, Green said. Police did not say whether the suspect fired his gun.

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He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, Green said. He was listed in critical, but stable condition, according to police.

No officers were injured, police said.

The gun was recovered at the scene, police said, and detectives with the department's Force Investigation Team are investigating.

Police were also investigating three homicides and five non-fatal shootings Sunday.

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Two men were fatally shot in northwest and south Baltimore, and a woman was found dead inside a home that had been set on fire on the northeast side of the city, police said.

Three of the five people shot were juveniles, including an 8- and 10-year-old injured in a double shooting in East Baltimore's Darley Park neighborhood. Later Sunday, a 13-year-old was shot on the city's south side in Cherry Hill, where last week city officials had celebrated a drop in violence including a year without a homicide. All five were expected to survive, police said.

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