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Man In Critical Condition After Being Shot By Baltimore City Police

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — City police say a man had a knife and refused to drop it. They shot him several times.

Mike Hellgren has more on the unfolding investigation.

Police have now identified the man they shot as Franklin Williams. Williams’ sister spoke Monday afternoon but says she’s too upset to say much. Williams remains in critical condition.

The chaotic scene unfolded after police responded to a call about a family disturbance in Southwest Baltimore. It was on Morley Street near Edmondson Avenue and Hilton Parkway. When they got to the home, officers say they found Williams in an upstairs bedroom holding a knife. They tried to get him to put it down but they say he would not—so they shot him several times.

“I heard what sounded like three shots. Gunshots,” said neighbor Beulah Shannon.

Shannon then remembers hearing Williams’ mother cry out.

“`Oh, they killed my son,'” she said.

But her son was still alive and was rushed to a hospital.

As of this point, police have not identified the officer who fired the shots.

Williams’ sister was too shaken to speak with WJZ but she did tell our media partner, the Baltimore Sun, that her brother suffers from schizophrenia and lives with their parents.

Police describe his behavior as unruly and argumentative.

“He began to advance to police officers with that knife. After numerous commands, police officers asked him to drop the knife. He did not and was shot numerous times,” said Anthony Guglielmi, Baltimore City Police spokesperson.

This was the eleventh police-involved shooting in the city this year.

Internal Affairs is now investigating, along with the Homicide Division.

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  1. billyjean says:

    Really a knife think about it then he gets shot numerous time. Smh make no since to me. All cause he didn drop the knife.

  2. billyjean says:

    Didn have to shot to really cause serious injuries or even death. All them officers one man a knife. They already had the upper hand. Why all them many shots tho.

  3. billyjeanisnotmylover says:

    @bilyjean how about this, I’ll come at you with a knife, and you try to wrestle it from me. Lets see who wins. #idiot

    1. Agree_w/_ billy_ jean says:

      Ironicly I think you’re the idiot. While I am all for the police officers trying to protect themselves. Why would they have to shoot someone multiple times if he only has a knife. Once in the hand or in the leg to subdue him should have been fine. Sometimes I think these officers a trigger happy.

      1. Jeff says:

        Lets ask people who have been stabbed to death if a knife is a deadly weapon. Oh wait, we can’t. When someone is advancing on you with a knife, you shoot for central body mass to put them down. This isn’t the movies where you can just aim and shoot them in the hand to make them drop their weapon while they are coming at you. There is no guarantee that shooting them in the leg will stop them. Ever seen a suspect on PCP? They don’t feel a thing. Not saying he was, but you just don’t know when your put in that situation if they are on drugs and think they are superman. Bottom line is if you come at a cop with a knife, you deserve to get shot.

      2. DAVE says:

        THIS IS A HUGE OVER KILL. A GUN BROUGHT TO A KNIFE FIGHT. THE B.C.D.P. ARE NOT TRAINED THEY ARE IDIOTS, WITH THE BAG OF CHIPS. B.C.D.P. NEVER SHOOT DRUG DEALERS, THE POLICE ARE ON THE TAKE . WHY ELSE WOULD THIS CITY BE SO RUN DOWN?

  4. Wiseguy says:

    Bang,Bang,Bang….drop the knife.

    Sounds like a reoccurring theme.

  5. robertryan says:

    The 37 yr old shoule be responsible for his actions or be dead.

    1. PARKVILLE says:

      come at my home i will take out any thing and everthing . combat vet fuc with me i don’t mind death do anwser is do you

      1. ulysses says:

        Parkville, Put the bottle or needle down fella & get some help. You sound soooo stupid. Tough guy my a…!

  6. Keisha Justoofine Johnson says:

    Why not hit the subject with a taser instead ? But to shoot several times come on. Once was probably enough.

  7. crazy! says:

    Only Sergeants and above carry tasers in the BPD. If there was no Sergeant or above at the scene, there was no taser.

  8. the truth says:

    Bealfeld is a dumb prick, tasers for all the city cops should be issued.

  9. RAUCHEL says:

    B.C.D.P=LOSERS

  10. Richard Perry says:

    dumb inter city clown’s a knife is a deadly wepon you getto dewellers

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