By Mike Hellgren

BALTIMORE (WJZ)– A chaotic situation in Northwest Baltimore.  City police say one of their officers shot a man who pointed a handgun at him. 

Mike Hellgren has more on the unfolding investigation.

Police lights pierced the darkness in Windsor Hills, where investigators say the chaos unfolded just after 1 a.m. Tuesday.  They say two officers on routine patrol saw a man who fit the description of a robber.  When they tried to question him, police say the man fled and pointed a loaded weapon at one of the officers, who then fired at least one round from his service weapon and hit the man.

“I didn’t know what was going on.  It took me by surprise,” said Shannon Stepney.

Stepney, who walks home in those early morning hours, found her house covered in crime tape.

“The officer then fired in defense at the suspect.  He was struck in the chest.  It was a through-and-through wound,” said Anthony Guglielmi, Baltimore City Police.

The officer involved is on routine administrative leave.  Police say they will wait 48 hours before identifying the officer.  They haven’t identified the man who was shot, either.

Dorothy Hill has lived on Carlisle Avenue for 55 years.

“My neighbor told me all of this was just nothing but police cars, all up and down,” Hill said.

She says an incident like that is unheard of in her neighborhood.

“It happens all over.  Nothing shocks me now but I was shocked that it happened in my block,” Hill said.

Both homicide and internal affairs are involved in the investigation.

Police say they did find the suspect’s gun during a search of the scene.

Comments (11)
  1. truthteller says:

    this officer should be taught shoot to kill.

  2. Jeff says:

    truthteller, what a dumb comment. Police officers are trained to shoot at central body mass which is the chest region. It’s the easiest and fastest way to bring someone down. Sometimes they die, sometimes they don’t. They don’t take a head shot unless they have to. Aiming at the head takes longer and is a lot harder when your running around and they are moving around, adrenaline flowing because it’s life or death, it’s dark and on the street or ally. Studies show that accuracy amongst trained shooters decreases under intense situations such as chasing down a perp then having them pull a gun on you where you have to make a split second decision. That’s why they train to shoot central body mass. Sorry to ramble, I just hate stupid comments.

    1. trooper says:

      @Jeff….you hit it right on the head…and i too hate stupid comments…

  3. Matthew says:

    A little spell check wouldn’t hurt.

  4. copsrpigs says:

    ‘police say the man fled and pointed a loaded weapon at one of the officers’

    How do you point a gun at someone while running away from them?

    1. JK says:

      Because no one could possibly turn their torso or run sideways or even backwards a few steps to look at, let alone aim at someone behind them, right?

    2. yourmother says:

      your a piece of s**t!

      PIG……PRIDE INTEGRITY GUTS…………..3 things you dont have!!!!!


  5. poor white trash says:

    ten hired what is that???????

    1. JK says:

      That is someone mistaking spell-check for actual editing skills.

  6. Savage RIp says:

    I was wondering how or what logic is there to point while running. That’s a easy way out of saying I seen the weapon,but I highly doubt someone will point a weapon while running away without shooting. Especially knowing its the police and they will shoot you. They killed one of their own recently lets not forget that.

  7. Jake says:

    All the people leaving comments about how he could possibly run and point a weapon are complete idiots. There probably he’s family members and think he is a good part of society. It’s plain and simple if this animal wasn’t on the street with a gun then this probably would have been avoided. These animals running around the street with guns deserve everything that they get. I don’t feel even a little bit bad for this guy that got shot. Since everyone hates police so much in Baltimore then stop calling them when you need help. Handle your issues yourself and stop involving police. Why would you want someone that you hate help you anyway? But ofcourse the people that hate the police are the same people that call the police the most.

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