A Baltimore City police officer was shot through the front door of his Gwynn Oak home last night, authorities say.
The chilling incident happened just after 11:20 p.m. The officer heard a knock at his front door, according to a statement from the Baltimore County Police Department. When he went to open it, someone fired a gun through it, striking him.
He’s now being treated at an area hospital and is expected to survive, authorities say.
County police said the officer is 50 years old and was off-duty at the time. Detectives are looking into whether the shooting was targeted. They don’t think it was connected to any criminal activity by the officer.
Asked about his tenure with the city police department, BPD spokesman T.J. Smith described him in an email as a “veteran officer assigned to patrol.”
“We are praying for a speedy and full recovery,” he added.
Gwynn Oak is an unincorporated area of Baltimore County sitting just beyond the border with Northwest Baltimore City. Authorities say they’re withholding the officer’s address due to safety concerns.
More information will be released as it becomes available, county police said.
Anyone with tips can call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP or submit them online.
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