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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — An investigation is underway in the city following a police-involved shooting. It happened just a few blocks away from the University of Maryland Baltimore campus.

Rick Ritter has more on how an officer’s quick-thinking prevented a potentially deadly situation.

Police were in the right place at the right time and say they saved a life before this incident turned deadly.

A revolver, crime scene tape and evidence markers are on the ground. It’s all the aftermath of a police-involved shooting.

“It really is scary, it really is. Because you live so close,” Sharon Williams said.

It happened around 7 a.m. Friday. Baltimore City Police say they were responding to a domestic call when they heard gunshots coming from the intersection of North Fremont Avenue and West Fayette Street.

The sound woke Lataya Dickerson out of a deep sleep.

“I heard probably about 10 or more shots maybe. The first couple I thought maybe I was dreaming,” said Dickerson.

That’s when Williams saw officers running by her home.

“They were running up the street real fast. They jumped out of the cars and ran up the street real fast,” she said.

Police say when they arrived on scene, they found two men–one who had just been shot–both struggling in the street with cash all over the ground.

“The other individual was armed with multiple weapons–one in each hand–and refused the officer’s directions to comply with their arrest demands,” said Deputy Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez, Baltimore City Police.

With the victim still wounded on the ground, police say the gunman tried to flee, forcing one of the officers to fire away at the suspect.

“We don’t know the number of rounds the officer fired at the time. We do know the suspect was struck,” said Rodriguez.

Both men were taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No officers were injured.

“We believe we either prevented a homicide here today or a robbery and we’ve very proud,” Rodriguez said.

“What can you do? That’s just another day in Baltimore City,” said Dickerson.

Police are still interviewing the individuals involved. Neither has been identified. They say the suspect will face criminal charges.

Police say the officer involved in the shooting will be placed on routine administrative leave.

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