Police Investigate Officer-Involved Shooting In Northwest Baltimore
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BALTIMORE (WJZ)– An investigation is underway after a deadly police-involved shooting in Northwest Baltimore.
Monique Griego has the very latest on what happened.
It started with a foot chase but then police say the suspect reached into his pocket for a weapon.
Just before 6 a.m. on Saturday, dozens of police officers swarmed the neighborhood in the 5100-block of Arbutus Avenue after Devonte Bowman, 22, is shot and killed by one of their own.
Investigators say the incident actually started a few blocks away at the 7-Eleven on Belvedere Avenue and Reisterstown Road after someone called police and reported a man with a gun.
“As soon as the officers got there, they saw someone matching the description and there was a foot chase,” Lt. Col. Garnell W. Green of the Baltimore City Police Department said.
One neighbor tells WJZ she ran into her house after seeing the suspect fleeing from police.
“I saw this guy running from the alley up to this street and then I saw the police car coming,” she said.
When officers caught up with the suspect, they say he reached into his pocket for what was later determined to be a semi-automatic weapon.
“At that point, the officer fired his weapon at least one time, shooting the suspect,” Green said.
“I heard one shot and that was it,” the neighbor said.
Police say after being shot, the man was on the ground and continued to try and remove the gun from his pocket. Officers were able to subdue Bowman and call for help. However:
“The suspect has died at a local hospital and a weapon has been recovered,” Green said.
The police officer involved is a six-year veteran of the force and is on routine paid administrative leave as the investigation continues.
So far this year, there have been seven police-involved shootings in Baltimore, six of them fatal.