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Baltimore officer shoots man in face during traffic stop

A police officer shot a man in the face during a traffic stop in Southwest Baltimore after the man reversed his car and pinned the officer in the patrol car's door, officials said.

The suspect, who drove away and was arrested shortly afterward with a gun, was not fatally injured in the shooting, police said. The officer had minor injuries.

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Interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said police had been called to the Irvington neighborhood for multiple reports of gunfire and were canvassing the area when they stopped the car.

After being shot, the suspect drove around the corner to the area of Frederick and Augusta avenues, where he got out of the car and surrendered to officers, telling them he was armed, Davis said. Another man in the car fled and is being sought by police.

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A crowd quickly gathered, and two other people were arrested for disorderly conduct and hindering a police investigation in the area of the Osprey gas station nearby, Davis said.

One of the men ran across the street and was tackled by several police officers before his arrest. Davis did not provide specific details on the circumstances of the disorderly conduct arrests, and he did not say what time the incident happened.

"We're in the middle of a community on a hot summer night, there's a lot of police activity, so the fact that a crowd gathered to observe what's going on is not unusual," he said.

He added that the arrests are "unfortunate, but we have a crime scene to maintain here and we have a police-involved shooting to investigate."

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Dozens of officers escorted the crowd away from the area.

Davis said the community did what police ask them to do and reported the gunfire to allow them to make an arrest.

The incident, he said, was "another example of the dangers of this profession."

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