Baltimore police are investigating after a special police officer shot a man outside a methadone clinic near the Pimlico Race Course in Northwest Baltimore on Monday morning, police said.
Police said at around 9:30 a.m., a special police officer working for the clinic shot a 26-year-old man he thought was dealing drugs in the parking lot of the clinic at 5260 Park Heights Ave.
Special police officers are security guards who can make arrests only on the properties they are hired to guard, said Ron Snyder, a spokesman for the Maryland State Police. Though State Police help with their applications and licensing, the department does not have oversight over them once they are hired, Snyder said.
Baltimore police spokesman Detective Jeremy Silbert said the two special police officers were on duty at the clinic, which is run by BD Health.
“They went to investigate and confronted an individual that they believed to have been involved in [a drug deal],” Silbert said.
It’s unclear what led to the shooting, but police say the man was inside a silver Acura when at least one officer fired at him, striking him in the arm. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment and is expected to survive, police said.
A large section of the block was cordoned off with crime scene tape by about 11 a.m., though clients continued to enter and leave the clinic. Sandwiched between two cars, the Acura was pulled halfway out of a parking space adjacent to the clinic. The driver’s side door was open, and evidence markers were scattered nearby on the parking lot.
No injuries were reported to either officer.
Special police are commissioned by the governor and authorized to exercise police powers on the property in their commission, according to the Maryland State Police website.