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Baltimore police shoot man at convenience store

A man is in critical condition after being shot by a Baltimore police officer during a suspected armed robbery Sunday in West Baltimore.

A man is in critical condition after being shot by a Baltimore police officer during a suspected armed robbery Sunday in southwest Baltimore.

The incident occurred before 6 p.m. in the 3400 block of Wilkens Ave., according to police.

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Baltimore police spokesman Capt. Eric Kowalczyk said an officer was doing a routine patrol at businesses that have been targets of crime before, when the officer saw a man wearing a mask and carrying what he thought to be a handgun.

Kowalczyk said following "an encounter," the officer fired at least one shot, striking the man. The man was transported to a nearby hospital in critical but stable condition.

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The officer was not injured, and the department's Force Investigation Team is investigating the incident. Police did not say whether a weapon was recovered at the scene.

"I heard a pop from inside," said James Sarchiapone, 36, who lives next door to the store. "I figured they were robbed and someone got shot. They were robbed two months ago."

The shooting is the second in which an officer shot a suspect on the city's west side this month. Officers shot a man June 7 in a garage in the 5200 block of Eleanora Ave.

Officers in Baltimore County fatally shot a man Thursday in Owings Mills.

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