Officer kills man in Northwest Baltimore shootout

A patrol officer came upon a shootout between two men on a Northwest Baltimore street Sunday afternoon and fired multiple shots, killing one while the other escaped, police said.

The officer, a two-year veteran of the force who was not immediately identified, arrived at the 5000 block of Beaufort Ave. in the Central Park Heights neighborhood around 4 p.m. and saw the two men shooting at each other, Deputy Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said. The officer fired multiple shots, hitting one of the men, who was taken to a hospital and later died, Rodriguez said. Police identified the man as Eric Harris, 30. The other suspect ran away and has not been found. Police did not release any suspect description other than his gender.

The incident was the city's eighth police-involved shooting and the second fatal one this year.

Police didn't know why the two men were firing at each other. Rodriguez, who oversees the department's Bureau of Professional Standards, said the two men appeared to have had a "personal beef," but the exact details were unclear.

Detectives found a gun on the man who was shot and bullet casings from both men's guns on the street, police said.

The officer was placed on administrative duties, and the incident is being investigated by the Homicide unit as well as the Bureau of Professional Standards. Anyone with information may call 410-396-2100.

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