Baltimore Police released body-camera footage showing a struggle between an officer and a suspect in South Baltimore that ended late Wednesday with the officer being shot in the hand.
Baltimore Police on Thursday released body-camera footage showing a struggle between an officer and a suspect in South Baltimore the night prior that ended with the officer being shot in the hand and the suspect being subdued with a Taser.
“Show me your hands. Show me your hands,” the officer can be heard saying in the footage from his camera as he shined a flashlight on Allen Hosea Johnson Jr., 35.
Police have said the officer was approaching Johnson, who was walking down a street in Cherry Hill, because he was showing “characteristics of an armed gunman.”
Sean Suiter, the 43-year-old Baltimore homicide detective who was killed two weeks ago while investigating a triple-murder on the city’s west side, was remembered Wednesday at a funeral attended by thousands.
“They’re literally wrestling over the gun, and then the gun is discharged by our bad guy and it strikes our 30-year-old police officer in the hand,” Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said Thursday. “These things happen very, very quickly. It’s a matter of seconds. It’s a violent struggle. And thank God we’re not talking about planning another police funeral.”
The shooting occurred Wednesday night, not long after Det. Sean Suiter — who was fatally shot while on duty in West Baltimore two weeks ago — was buried.
T.J. Smith, a police spokesman, said some of the officers who responded to the Wednesday night shooting were still in their dress uniforms from Suiter’s funeral earlier in the day.
The 30-year-old officer who was shot, a three-year veteran of the force, was taken to Shock Trauma for treatment but has since been released. Police have not identified him.
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Johnson has been charged with attempted first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, felony second-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, and multiple drug and firearm offenses, police said Thursday.