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Baltimore police charge man with murder, say he also carjacked a vehicle to elude officers

A 26-year-old man has been charged with murder after Baltimore Police said he carjacked a vehicle and then attempted to push his way into an open apartment to elude officers Wednesday night.

Police said they arrested Devante Stewart after a pursuit, and charged him with killing Lee Johnson, 43, who was fatally shot in the Jonestown neighborhood, east of downtown, Wednesday night.

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Just before 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, a Southeast District police officer heard gunfire in the 1000 block of Granby Street, where Johnson was found.

Police said officers saw a Stewart leaving the scene, and while attempting to flee, Stewart carjacked a vehicle, police said. Stewart crashed it in the nearby 400 block of Asquith Street, and then pushed his way into an apartment in the block, as a resident was leaving, police said.

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Stewart, and a second suspect, a 36-year-old, man were taken into custody at the scene, but the other individual was not ultimately charged.

“After reviewing video and interviewing witnesses, detectives only arrested and charged Stewart,” police spokeswoman Det. Chakia Fennoy said in an email.

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