BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A U.S. Marshal seriously injured Thursday morning while trying to arrest a grocery store security guard wanted in a shooting last weekend continues to recover, officials said.

The U.S. Marshals Service said Friday the marshal was taken off life support Thursday night and is breathing on his own.

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His name has not been released, nor have the names of the other members of the team trying to arrest Dontae Green.

The marshal still has a long recovery ahead of him but is conscious and oriented, the agency added.


Officials said Green, who was wanted following a police-involved shooting last weekend, opened fire on the officers while he hid in a closet.

They returned fire, hitting and killing him. The Baltimore Police Department is investigating the shooting.

Last weekend’s shooting is believed to have stemmed from a disagreement over Green’s paycheck. One employee at the Compare Foods Supermarket in the 5600 block of The Alameda suffered what were believed to be non-life-threatening injuries from gunfire as officers tried to arrest Green.

People who knew Green said he’d lost $500 last week, and when people started to tease him that one of his coworkers actually, he apparently held up the store in a desperate move to get his money back.

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It’s unclear whether gunfire from an officer or Green hit the employee, but police said Green opened fire on them first.

People who knew or worked with Green said he was a good person and he had no issues until his money allegedly disappeared last week.

“Donta was not just security there, he did, he might’ve did four or five other jobs that one guy can’t do,” one person told WJZ.

“He do so much for the store, normally more than what security guards would do because most security guards would just stand there, but Dante he actually helped out by bagging groceries,” another person said.

Dr. Thomas Scalea said his team is “very hopeful” the U.S. Marshal will be able to recover.

“He has gotten and will continue to get the 150 percent which is Shock Trauma,” Dr. Scalea said. “We are very hopeful.”

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story misspelled Dontae Green’s name. The Baltimore Police Department has since provided an updated spelling.

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