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Baltimore police officer fires shot at suspected stolen vehicle

A police officer fired a shot at a stolen vehicle driven by a teen on Thursday after the officer believed his partner was in danger, Baltimore police said.

No one was injured in the shooting, which took place at about 9 a.m. on the Northern Parkway between Falls Road and Interstate 83. Police charged the 15-year-old driver with motor vehicle theft and traffic charges.

Police are not releasing the identities of the officers involved or the teen.

Baltimore police officers were following a bronze Toyota van traveling westbound on the Northern Parkway they believed to be stolen.

The van stopped as it approached the Falls Road intersection, police spokesman Lt. Eric Kowalczyk said. The officers initiated their lights and sirens to make a police stop and exited their patrol vehicle. As they did, Kowalczyk said, the van backed up into the front of the patrol car.

One of the officers, believing his partner was hit, fired one shot, Kowalczyk said.

"The discharging officer believed his partner had been crushed between the van," he said.

Police did not immediately know where the bullet struck, and the incident is under review by Homicide detectives — who investigate police shootings — and the Baltimore Police Crash Team. The officer who fired his gun has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation, which is police protocol.

A stretch of Northern Parkway was roped off by police for hours Thursday as investigators reviewed the scene.



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