BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore City police maintained a visible presence at the scene of a gun battle in west Baltimore that wounded an officer and killed a suspect.
Authorities answered no questions the day after the attack. They have not identified the officer involved, but say doctors released him from Shock Trauma. They declined to say where the officer was shot.
WJZ reviewed dispatch calls showing the officer was at the hospital within eight minutes after the first reported shots.
You can hear what may be the injured officer’s partner saying, “I am not hurt. I am not hit. We are going on to Shock Trauma. I need a medic still to that location for the suspect who is also down.”
Interim Commissioner Gary Tuggle says the officers were in the area for a “crime suppression effort.” He says the suspect was not a “target” of that effort. There were two shootings in the block last week.
Witnesses say they heard 20 or more shots around 6:30 Sunday. An evidence technician took pictures Monday as police officers repeatedly walked the block.
Police officially released the scene at 7 a.m. Monday.
The shooting happened in an alley behind townhomes in the 800 block of Vine St., near the University of Maryland BioPark and MLK Boulevard.
Police say it was captured on officers’ body-worn cameras. There are also several cameras pointed at the shooting scene in the alley.
Police have not said whether the wounded officer or his partner fired at the suspect. Police also declined to identify the suspect.
A pastor in the area who declined to give her name says she doubts the violence will stop. “I just go to church and keep to myself. I doubt it will get better.”