By Paul Gessler

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore County Police detectives investigating a case shot a suspect Wednesday afternoon who appeared to display a handgun, officials said.

The officer-involved shooting happened outside of the Baltimore Police Department’s southwest precinct, but Baltimore County Police detectives fired the shots.

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“It appeared as if that suspect was armed,” Joy Lepola, of the Baltimore County Police Department, said.

Police said detectives were investigating a case and located the suspect in Baltimore City.

The suspect exited a vehicle and displayed what appeared to be a weapon, police said. At least one officer then shot the suspect.

Police won’t say, at this time, if a weapon was recovered from the scene.

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The suspect was taken to an area hospital and is listed in critical condition.

“We have two different police agencies conducting investigations, and there is a lot of information, evidence that’s being collected at this scene,” Lepola said.

Will Feldman, a local resident, was outside talking to a friend when he heard it happen.

“Bam, bam, bam! The officers didn’t have a choice,” Feldman said.

He said he saw three Baltimore County Police detectives and heard at least five shots.

“You just don’t see something like this every day, especially in a neighborhood that’s as safe as this when you live next to a police station,” Feldman said.

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Paul Gessler