BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Dramatic new pictures and new information on the wild police chase and shootout that ended with a man dead in South Baltimore. It woke many people from their sleep as officers from four different agencies got involved in the pursuit.

Mike Hellgren has new information on this developing investigation.

It’s unclear how long the investigation may take. Police never recovered a gun on the suspect, although he initially told them during a confrontation that he had one. The video uncovers the chaos that unfolded early Tuesday morning.

You hear the cop cars peeling away. Then, seconds later, there’s at least a dozen gunshots.

That gunfire was over in three seconds. Police say four officers discharged their weapons killing Monpeet Chona– a man they say stole a police car on the Beltway after threatening an officer, and later, changed cars and escaped the cops a second time in a wild chain of events that ended in South Baltimore.

Dave Caviness watched some of Chona’s final moments unfold, hearing the SUV he was driving rush past his home.

“Must have been about 40 or 50 police cars following this car,” Caviness said. “The cops were almost slamming into each other chasing after this guy.”

And later, the gunfire rang in his ears.

“You heard probably 10 or 12 shots go off,” Caviness said.

WJZ found Chona had a criminal record. He’d been charged in the past with eluding police. The four officers who fired their weapons are on routine administrative leave.

Kyle Caviness: “It was like pop. Pop. Then pop, pop, pop, pop, pop. It was handguns.”
Hellgren: “It sounded like a machine gun to you?”
Kyle Caviness: “Yeah, it sounded like a machine gun.”

Chona’s family declined interviews–his brother did write on Facebook: “R.I.P., my little brother. I love you so much. I can’t stop crying.”

The officers who fired their weapons were from Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties.

Officially, police have not said how many shots they fired. Baltimore City Police are taking the lead in this investigation.

Comments (10)
  1. lorettasadler says:

    shoot someone just because he said he had a gun these police should be charged them selfs a 22 year old man killed every day u see more and more people being shot by cops and them saying they had a wepon thats all they have to say to get away with shooting people but if u shoot someone in self defence u better be able to prove it or u will be in jail just saying senceless death didnt even find a wepon

  2. aly says:

    wow was that english?

  3. Koatz says:

    I agree with your comment, lorettasadler. The police should not rely on hearsay in making a decision to shoot someone. In fact, the only times that police should fire their weapons is when they are in imminent danger, or to protect the life of someone who is imminent danger of death.

    Of course, one cannot stop to wonder whether the real reason the police were so hot-headed is, the victim stole one of their cars. How dare a member of the general public embarrass law enforcement, so goes the thinking of most police officers. It’s disgusting.

    1. Gummint Skool Nomore says:

      Do you have any idea what “hearsay” actually is?

      Obviously a rhetorical question, that.

      A nation of illiterates made that way by government ‘education’…

      1. Koatz says:

        I think you should be asking yourself whether police should rely on hearsay to shoot and kill somebody.
        Pay particular attention to this part of the definition: …Evidence based on the reports of others rather than the personal knowledge…

  4. John Locke says:

    Cops are Idiots. Not all, but at their pay range its nearly impossible to attract the kind of intelligence that is necessary for arbiter of justice driving around with a gun searching for infractions. The vast majority of cops are incapable of due diligence in their decision making process. Just let him go. How many people did the cops endanger in the process of killing this man. Bullets flying everywhere in an area populated with citizenry. 40 or 50 squad cars careening around city streets, and for what?

    1. Koatz says:

      Great post. Countless numbers of completely innocent people die each year because of hotheaded, dumb police actions such as you described. This fact has prompted some cities to enact ordinances that specifically prohibit high-speed police pursuits unless it is a felony crime that has been committed. It seems that it is time for Baltimore to consider such an ordinance.

  5. Robbie Gonzalez says:

    R.I.P. Monpeet Chona.

  6. Tyrell McPimpscoon says:

    Excellent job, officers…someone had to take the trash out

    good riddance!!

  7. Tyrell McPimpscoon says:

    Message to the Police officers involved. You have done an outstanding job!!!!
    Common criminals and society’s other worthless trash may not think so highly of you, but us average REAL Americans do. Thank you.

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