BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Authorities are investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting in Dundalk Wednesday afternoon.
The officer was trying to question the suspect, but police said instead of cooperating, he pulled out his weapon and started shooting.
The incident began just after 2:45 p.m., when police got a call about an armed robbery near the Logan Village Shopping Center in the 3400 block of Dundalk Ave near Avon Beach Road.
Police said when they got there, the suspect was trying to make a getaway on an MTA bus. When they tried to stop him, things quickly escalated.
“Shoved a gun in the guy’s face and was like give me all your money,” the woman who called police said.
“When the police responded out here, they were able to locate what they thought was the MTA bus involved. They stopped the MTA bus and they engaged the suspect,” said Jennifer Peach of the Baltimore County Police. “At some point during that engagement, the suspect fired shots at the officers. The officers then returned fire and shot the suspect.”
“He told her to back up. He said it like 3 or 4 times and he had the gun aimed at her and he let off a fire. He shot the gun and we’re all ducking,” the woman said.
The suspect was shot, and later died from his injuries.
A female Baltimore County Police Department officer was shot in the leg, and was taken to a hospital.
“They had the bus surrounded, shots started being fired,” said witness Clayton Brown. “The bullet went by me and hit the sign. The officer went down, that scared me more than anything.”
A bystander was also shot. Both are in serious condition.
About a dozen people were on the bus during the shootout.
The female bystander is expected to survive.
Police say they have body-camera footage of the incident and also footage from the MTA bus.
Nearby schools were placed on lock-down.
“I was hysterically crying all the way here. It kind of makes me emotional again,” Jayne Blair said.
“She would have never got shot had I not called and he wouldn’t be dead had I not called, and I feel like crap,” the caller said.