Baltimore City Sheriff’s Dept: Deputy Shoots Attacker In His Car

BALTIMORE (WJZ)– A surprise a city sheriff’s deputy never saw coming. A man with a knife jumps into his cruiser and allegedly tries to attack him, forcing the deputy to pull out his gun.

Gigi Barnett explains what happened.

What started at a busy intersection in Northeast Baltimore took a bizarre turn for one sheriff’s deputy. Now the suspect is in the hospital and investigators say the question they want to ask him is: Why?

The Baltimore City Sheriff’s Department say they have one way to describe the attack on one of their own Friday morning:

“The circumstances surrounding it are very wild in that we’ve never seen anything like this before,” said Sgt. Carla Lightsey, spokeswoman of the Baltimore City Sheriff’s Department.

Just after 8 a.m. Friday, investigators said Gideon Shifaraw was at a stop light at Moravia Road and Walther Avenue in Northeast Baltimore. He was headed to work. All of a sudden, the passenger door opened and a man with a knife jumped in. Sgt. Lightsey said, without words or warning, the man attacked Shifaraw.

“It just speaks to the level of uncertainty,” said Lightsey.

But the deputy fought back, pulled out his gun and fired, striking 36-year-old John K. Daugherty in the arm. Neighbors say the story in this area with manicured lawns is disturbing.

“If you’re out and running your car, you should have your doors locked anyway,” Eugene Davis, a maintenance worker, said. “To be safe.”

“You never know what’s going to happen. But you can’t run around in fear either,” said Kurt Hock, a resident of Northeast Baltimore.

Baltimore’s sheriff’s deputies are assigned to protect courthouses and issue warrants. Right now, investigators are trying to find out why this particular deputy was attacked. But they have a clear message for other officers:

“We always say that when you wear this uniform, you have to always be alert. Never forget the training that you’re provided and the training that you’re continuously provided yearly because you might have to revert to it.”

Although he was a bit shaken up, the deputy was not seriously injured. In fact, he’s home with his family. The suspect was hurt. Medics rushed him to Johns Hopkins Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said charges will be filed once the suspect is released from Johns Hopkins Hospital.

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  • Leonard

    Please, I would have emptied my clip in him. I feel it’s safe to assume that if a person does something like that, they obvioulsy don’t want to live long anyway. Better him than me if I were the officer, I want to go home to my family not shock trauma or worse.
    One order of suicide by Cop coming up!

  • Read it again!

    Really – who writes the headlines for this article!! Unless I missed something, you can’t shoot a person with a knife. You have to shoot them with a gun.

    • BmoreSafe

      Yes…The headline could be better written.

    • TheRiley

      @Read it again!
      No idiot, the officer shot a man with a knife.
      “man with a knife” was shot by an officer.
      Get it right. Idiot

  • James

    The headline is right but the time line wrong. at 7:15 AM the entire Intersection was already Crime taped off with traffic being diverted. The TV camera crew was just then setting up.

  • Ethan Burns

    I like how long the article goes before saying the guy JUMPED INTO THE POLICE CAR WITH A KNIFE. That should be the headline, the first sentence. He didn’t shoot a man with a knife at a busy intersection, he shot a man with a knife who JUMPED IN HIS CAR

  • T

    LOL the headline make me think twice as well. Maybe “Deputy Shoots Knife Wielding Attacker” or “Deputy Stabbed, Shoots Attacker.” Sounds like the officer is ok though, so that’s all that matters.

  • B

    When are the rest of the law abiding citizens going to be able to protect themselves from the same thing. Conceal carry permits should be allowed to those that wish to have the same protection rather then end up in the hospital or worse.

  • PO PO PO

    T R
    Sounds like your mommy needs to kiss the bo bo

  • TheRiley

    wow, i know that deputy personally! And i know he doesn’t take any mess. I’m glad he was able to shoot the perp.

  • bigbob

    Never bring a knife to a gun fight sucka.

  • theRiley

    Poor Riley, everybody wants to be just like him. A big wanker he is.

  • Angel

    This officer did what he had to do and if many of us want to stay safe. You must fight and do what you got to do to protect your life. This world is going crazy with all the mess, and I mean MESS going on…

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