Suspended Officer Becomes Major Focus Of Investigation Into Teen Girl’s Death

BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Loved ones and lawmakers want answers after the weapon used to kill 13-year-old Monae Turnage was found inside an officer’s personal car. And the investigation is getting hotter.

Mike Hellgren has the latest developments.

No charges have been filed against this officer. He was off-duty at the time. The shooting happened in an area he frequently patrolled.

A Baltimore City police officer is under fire with a growing investigation into his possible conduct in the shooting of 13-year-old Monae Turnage after sources say the weapon used to kill her was found inside his car.

WJZ has learned high-level talks are underway about the officer’s future and all homicide shifts are actively investigating the death. DNA samples have even been taken from the officer in question.

Lawmakers are calling for action in the heartbroken community in Northeast Baltimore where this happened.

“What can we say to our children when those charged with protecting them, harm them, when they’re a part of law enforcement,” Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes, D-District 12, said.

Two boys have been charged with involuntary manslaughter. Police say they accidentally shot Monae Turnage, then hid her body.

“I don’t think it’s enough because they tried to cover it up,” Edith Turnage, Monae Turnage’s mother, said. “For her life to be gone like this, that’s crazy.”

But the stunning twist remains the discovery of that weapon inside that officer’s car. He was reportedly dating one of the suspect’s relatives.

Homicide investigators want to know how much this officer knew and when he knew it.

Among their questions: Did he fail to report the shooting? Did he advise the youths? And most importantly, how did that weapon end up in his car?

The head of the Fraternal Order of Police declined comment.

The police commissioner told WJZ earlier this year he has no tolerance for wrongdoing on the force.

“If people are out here doing illegal things, we’re going to hold them accountable in the most strictest fashion possible,” Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld said.

Hundreds of people turned up Wednesday evening for a memorial at William C. March Middle School where Monae Turnage was in the eighth grade.

Monae Turnage’s funeral is scheduled for Saturday.

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  • Don

    No matter what else happens….. that Cop has to go!!!!!!!!!

  • jamie

    im sorry for your lost … i used to go to school with her she was a loveing and careing person for any body that walked her way she mad me feel good when i first went to school up there and when i found this out i cryed … im so sorry for your lost just know that your prayers are in my hands and just keep your head up she will always be looking down on you guys……

  • larryag

    it was the cops gun

  • tia

    i feel like how can we trust the police at all…. we suppose to trust them and look at what they do…i notice when a police job on the line the beechfeild as nothing to say i feel like he is hiding..from the truth of the officer’s he commands………

    • Baltimore pride

      Where have you been?

      Now-a-Days it’s trail by media outlets like WJz and CBS whose journalistic integrity is print whatever gets us readership. They are all about selling advertising.

      Next time you watch the news, check out how much time is dedicated to news and how much time is dedicated to commercials. Not to mention how much time is dedicated to promoting their own programing.

  • happy1

    Before the police would have covered this up to protect the officer. Think about that…

  • Vici

    better collct lots of DNA, from all 4 involved,,,I think there is alot more to this story and why it was covered up so much!! I think the girl was set-up by the boys, and she paid dearly with her life,,very sad,,,,heartbreaking,,,but my gut tells me something is very wrong with ALL OF THIS!

  • Stephanie Dobbins Rameika

    Ok all that has been said is that the gun was found in his car. They didn’t say it was HIS gun. Did the kids hide it in the cop’s car after they shot the girl? He may not have known anything about what happened or the gun being there. Let’s get all the facts before people go jumping to conclusions. Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? And I can tell you from personal experience that the news gets half the information WRONG. Just because you hear it on the news doesn’t make it true!!!!!!

  • johan schmidt

    If the picture that was originally shown was THE gun…then THE gun was a pellet rifle

  • Koatz

    “The head of the Fraternal Order of Police declined comment.”

    They will defend him when/if he is charged.

  • lee

    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close bad cases.
    After two wars spanning ten years, the U.S. Military has become proficient in its concealment and use of torture. Torture is also being used by the DOJ (Department Of Justice) to help fabricate evidence and punish dissent.

    The FBI and DEA use sleep deprivation, drugging, humiliation, psycological stress, stress positions, threats of violence, threats of death, etc… Suspects respond better to suggestion and hyptotism which in turn make for higher conviction rates.

    • MsPhillyG

      Can we just stick with the topic and stop grasping at straws all over the galaxy……can you please just try to focus on the young girl that lost her life and the suspicion on the police officer in question. How about that!!!

      RIP little angel and my heart felt condolences to the mother.

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