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Baltimore Police identify Ceasefire officers involved in shooting

The two Baltimore police officers who fired their guns at the driver of a vehicle on Wednesday, injuring the 22-year-old man in the neck, were identified by police on Thursday as Officer Robert Hankard and Officer Carmine Vignola.

Both officers are 9-year veterans of the Baltimore Police Department and current members of the anti-gun program Ceasefire, which focuses on shutting down drug markets and reducing shootings by targeting individuals with known links to drugs and violence.

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Police said the two officers opened fire on the driver on a residential street in Northwest Baltimore after they approached the sport-utility vehicle he was driving and he placed it in reverse, tearing the door off their unmarked vehicle and striking one of the officers in the leg.

Police said drugs and a gun were later found in the vehicle. The shooting was reported about 1:20 p.m. in the 3400 block of Piedmont Ave.

The man remained in the hospital on Thursday with injuries that are not life threatening, police said. Officials had previously said they expected the man to be released from the hospital within hours of the shooting.

Charges are pending against the driver and two other men who were in the SUV, police said. They have not been identified.

The department's Special Investigative Response Team is investigating the shooting, and the State's Attorney's Office will review their findings.

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