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Officer identified in Baltimore police-involved shooting

Baltimore Police on Tuesday identified the officer who shot and killed a Baltimore County man last weekend after witnessing an apparent domestic dispute in Northwest Baltimore.

Northwest District patrol officer Paul Heffernan, 37, had witnessed Michael Wudtee of Randallstown repeatedly assaulting an his girlfriend, in a gas station lot on Liberty Heights Avenue, police said.

Heffernan, a 13 year veteran, has not been involved in any prior police involved shootings.

According to a police department statement, officers pulled up next to Wudtee's vehicle and attempted to confront him, when he fled on foot. They chased him to the 3600 block of Gwynn Oak Avenue and a fight ensued.

Police said Wudtee assaulted Heffernan to avoid being arrested, and the officer pulled his service weapon and shot him in the upper torso. Wudtee, 38, of the 8600 block of Greens Lane, was taken to Sinai hospital where he died of his injuries.

Heffernan sustained injuries to his face and lower body from the fight and was treated at a local hospital.

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