Police shoot burglary suspect in East Baltimore

Baltimore Police shot an alleged burglary subject they say was something "shiny" and would not heed commands

Baltimore Police shot a burglary suspect early Sunday after they said he was holding something "shiny" and would not heed commands.

At 4:35 a.m., officers responded to the 3000 block of E. Monument St. for a reported burglary. Upon arriving, Baltimore Police Deputy Commissioner Dean Palmere said, the officers saw a masked person moving around inside Patel's corner grocery.

He came out a side door, and officers saw something "shiny" in his hand, Palmere said.

They gave the man several commands but when he did not listen, Palmere said, one officer fired at least one shot, striking the suspect in the upper torso.

He was taken to an area hospital, where he underwent surgery and was listed in critical but stable condition.

No officers were injured, though Palmere said one was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Police are investigating if the suspect had a weapon, Palmere said. He is only described as a 45-year-old man, but police spokesman Detective Jeremy Silbert said he "is known to police."

The shooting was the first by a Baltimore Police officer since June. .

This year, city police have shot nine people — two of them fatally.

If that number holds, it would be the lowest since eight people were shot in 2004. Police shot 15 people in 2013. The recent high was 33 officer-involved shootings in 2007.

The last officer-involved shooting came when police fatally shot Eric Harris, 20, in the 5000 block of Beaufort Ave. on June 15.

Baltimore Police, as well as police departments across the country, have come under greater scrutiny since the Aug. 9 Ferguson, Mo., police shooting of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old unarmed black man, whose death sparked months of widespread protests against what activists say is a nationwide problem of excessive police force against mostly black men.

Police on Sunday also reported an overnight homicide of a 24-year-old man shot multiple times in the 2300 block of McCulloh St. at about 2:10 a.m. Homicide detectives are investigating.

Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton contributed to this article.



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