A 23-year-old man who dropped a gun that went off and caused uproar at Pennyslvania and W. North avenues Monday was charged with a gun violation, police said.
Robert Edward "Meech" Tucker, was taken to a hospital but was uninjured in the incident, which happened one week after violent rioters looted and torched the CVS Pharmacy store on the same corner.
Police said they received a report that Tucker was carrying a gun at the corner at about 3:20 p.m., and saw him on a CityWatch camera "displaying characteristics of an armed person." They called the police Foxtrot helicopter in case he tried to flee, then approached him, police said. He ran west on W. North Ave and "kept reaching and holding his dip area [front waistband]," police said.
He tossed the Ruger Blackhawk .357 handgun to the ground and it went off, police said. Tucker fell to the ground, where he was arrested as he "began to scream and carry on as if he was injured and/or shot," police said.
Assuming Tucker had been shot by police, the crowd began to throw objects including bricks and water bottles at the officers. The officers called for backup and a medic, who determined Tucker had not been injured but took him to the hospital "anyway to ensure he had absolutely no injuries," police said.
Tucker was discharged from the hospital and booked, police said.
No phone number was listed for Tucker's home in the 3000 block of Cherry Land Road, and no charging documents had been posted to the state's online database Tuesday, so it was unclear whether he had a lawyer.
State Sen. Catherine E. Pugh told The Baltimore Sun Monday that she had met with Tucker and his mother before he was booked to relieve the mother and calm community tension. Family members and many others at the scene Monday initially didn't believe the police report that he wasn't injured.
Gray, 25, died a week after his arrest from injuries sustained in police custody last month, prompting more than a week of protests. Six police officers were charged in his death last week.