Reporting Rochelle Ritchie
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A traffic stop turns deadly in Baltimore City overnight. An officer is dragged two blocks then opens fire on the driver.
Rochelle Ritchie has exclusive video obtained just moments after the shooting.
There’s now a better understanding of why the suspect may have pulled off in the first place. Baltimore City police tell WJZ he had about 18 months left in his parole. They also found crack cocaine inside his car.
Cell phone video obtained exclusively by WJZ shows the scene just moments after a Baltimore City cop shoots a man just around 10 p.m. Wednesday.
Police tell WJZ the frantic woman in the video is the 19-year-old daughter of the suspect, heard screaming: “That’s my father!”
Baltimore City police say 40-year-old Shawn Dean was pulled over for running through a stop sign.
“When an officer on the driver side stepped away from the car, the suspect started the vehicle and drove off,” said Commissioner Anthony Batts, Baltimore City Police Department.
Baltimore City police say the officer was dragged from Mannasota and Dudley Avenue two blocks away to Shannon Drive. The suspect’s vehicle actually jumped the curb after he was shot.
“I looked out the window and see maybe 20 police cars out here. You don’t usually have that kind of commotion in the neighborhood,” a neighbor said.
WJZ has learned more about the suspect Shawn Dean. Maryland judicial records show a long rap sheet of 28 cases involving drugs, attempted first-degree murder, assault with intent to murder, handgun violations, reckless endangerment and theft.
Police say a felony amount of crack cocaine was found inside the car driven by Dean.
“There were recovered from the passenger compartment of the car. They were collected altogether,” said Dep. Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez.
This is the second police shooting where an officer has shot and killed a suspect. In September, Donte Bennett was shot and killed in Southeast Baltimore after being chased through a courtyard.
Police Commissioner Anthony Batts says he is confident in his officers and their training.
“We’ll continue to look for ways to improve this organization and our professional standards,” he said.
The injured officer who fired those fatal shots has been treated and released from the hospital. The police commissioner says he has not been interviewed just yet to determine exactly how he ended up being dragged.
The name of the officer is not being released. He is on paid administrative leave.
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