A man is in critical condition after being shot by police Tuesday night during a traffic stop in West Baltimore.
An officer stopped a gold BMW station wagon at about 10:38 p.m. in the 1000 block of N. Monroe St., said police spokesman T.J. Smith. The officer called for backup. As the officers approached the car from opposite sides, one asked the driver to exit the car, Smith said. The other officer saw that the driver had a gun in his hand, Smith said.
One of the officers then shot the man in the shoulder, police said. Based on a preliminary investigation, the officer fired once, Smith said.
"He had the gun in his hand, and at that point, when two uniformed police officers approach you on a traffic stop in marked patrol cars, it's probably not a good idea to have a gun in your hand when you're exiting a vehicle," Smith said.
No officers were injured, and they weren't wearing body cameras, Smith said.
A loaded revolver was recovered from the vehicle, police said. It was not yet known why the officer stopped the vehicle, Smith said, but the tags on the car were obliterated.
The man was taken to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center for surgery.
The officer was placed on routine administrative leave, Smith said.
The special investigations response team is investigating.