BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Baltimore police officer shot at a suspect after the man allegedly struck his patrol car near Penn and North Avenues on Tuesday, according to officials.
Police believe the suspect was in a stolen car and was trying to flee the area when the officer attempted to stop him.
In their attempts to stop him, the driver of the car rammed into the passenger side of the police vehicle in an attempt to flee.
The officer then fired shots from the police car, to stop the driver and arrest him, but the driver took off westbound on North Avenue and is still at large.
“The guy was trying to get away from the police,” a witness told WJZ.” I heard about four or five shots, man.”
None of the officers were injured, police said.
“In his attempt to flee and evade police, he rammed his vehicle into the passenger side of the police vehicle,” Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said.
Commission Harrison says a suspected stolen Toyota Camry rammed a police car. He says an officer fired shots from the police car, but that driver took off westbound on North Avenue and is still at large. pic.twitter.com/MZ6SzmgnmN
— Paul Gessler (@PaulGessler) December 15, 2020
“The driver of that vehicle was able to make good of his escape,” Harrison added.
“We are blessed today that our officers weren’t injured or any other resident or people who were standing by,” Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott said. “When you try to ram someone with your car, you’re being reckless.”
Police do not know if the suspect was struck by the officer’s gunfire.
This incident is currently under investigation by our Public Integrity Unit’s Special Investigation Response Team (SIRT) and the department will be reviewing camera footage related to this incident.