Exactly a week after the April 27 rioting, riot police (and national TV reporters) were back at Penn and North after a gun went off while police chased a man through the intersection. On Friday, federal charges were filed against the man, Robert “Meech” Tucker, in connection with the incident.
The 23-year-old was indicted by a grand jury for being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
According to the indictment, Tucker was briefly chased at the West Baltimore intersection that became the focal point of coverage about the rioting after he was seen “displaying characteristics of an armed gunman.” Tucker then tossed his gun, and it went off.
No one was injured, but confusion ensued at the scene. Tucker was captured began to scream, and an ambulance arrived. Bystanders thought police had shot Tucker, and began to throw bricks and bottles at officers. A Fox News reporter said he saw Tucker get shot, but the network was later forced to retract the reporting.
After visiting him in the hospital, State Sen. Catherine Pugh later reported that Tucker was not shot in the incident.
He faces up to ten years in prison for the gun charge.
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