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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A man is dead after being shot multiple times in an intense gun battle with an on-duty officer, and police are now looking for another man in connection with the shooting.

Rochelle Ritchie has more.

The identity of the officer who fired those fatal shots has not been released. It’s a bizarre story of an on-duty officer driving right into a crime scene with a hail of bullets being fired between two men.

Gunfire interrupted what was a quiet Father’s Day afternoon on Beaufort Avenue after a Baltimore City police officer shot and killed 31-year-old Eric Harris, who police say was involved in an intense gun fight with another person.

The sound of flying bullets startled residents out of their afternoon naps.

“I woke up and came to the corner. Police was telling everybody to get down. Bow, bow, bow; that’s all you hear,” said Dysha Spady.

“They was behind the car, aiming at the man. They shot him and he was in the grass,” said Diamond Lawson.

Baltimore City Police say the on-duty officer literally rolled into the middle of the gunfight that was already in progress.

“When the officer approached and saw what was happened, he exited his vehicle, engaged that individual in verbal commands. That individual failed to comply, resulting in an officer-involved shooting,” said Deputy Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez.

Residents watched as the man was put in an ambulance and was taken to the hospital, where he died.

“It was just crazy,” Spady said.

Shell casings now litter the street as police search for more clues and the second suspect.

“We have spent casings from another location nearby, from who we believe to be the other suspect who was outstanding and those rounds are different from the ones left at the scene,” Rodriguez said.

The shooting–while tragic–was no surprise to some.

“It’s a high drug area, a high violence area,” said Will Hanna. “Been for years.”

The identities of the officer and the second suspect have not been released.

The officer is on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.

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