BALTIMORE CO., Md. (WJZ) — Police say the man shot by a Baltimore County officer who was being dragged by his vehicle has died.
The officer injured after being dragged has been released from the hospital.
Derrick Alexander Sellman, 28, was the driver of a black SUV that was involved in an incident that turned into an officer-involved shooting.
This shooting happened in the 2400 block of Cleanleigh Dr., when a Baltimore County Police Department officer was working security in the nearby shopping center at around 8 p.m. Monday night
He was told about a vehicle driving erratically in the parking lot. After spotting the vehicle, a black SUV, he went to talk with the driver, Sellman, in front of the ShopRite.
Police say Sellman had the door open while talking to the officer, but later accelerated, dragging the officer. The officer fired an unknown number of shots, and at least one hit Sellman.
A white vehicle was heading in the opposite direction, and the officer was in between both of those cars, according to Baltimore Co. PD Cpl. Shawn Vinson.
“He approaches the driver’s side, and the door is open. At that point, the officer has some type of interaction with this driver, and within seconds, the driver accelerates the car and is dragging the officer at that point,” Vinson said.
The black SUV continued through the parking lot and became disabled after crashing into a parked car.
The officer did not have a body camera on. Police said the officer is not required to do so while working a second job, even if in uniform.
Public record show Sellman has little criminal history, only traffic tickets and a decade-old misdemeanor.
His reason for trying to drive away from the interaction Monday night is still unclear.
“We continue to investigate. Our detectives are going to attend the autopsy of the suspect to see what exactly happened, to see if there’s any toxicology tests that would give us a reason as to why the suspect felt he had to investigate while he was interacting with a police officer, within a couple of seconds,” Vinson said.