Police shot and killed an armed man who lunged at an officer during a traffic stop near the city-county line, Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said.
A member of the Regional Auto-Theft Task Force received information about a car, and based on an investigation of an Oct. 9 armed robbery at the Horseshoe Casino, alerted officers of the Northern District that the vehicle may have been used in the robbery.
An officer spotted the car outside the Rite Aid pharmacy in the 6300 block of York Road and approached, Harrison said.
The commissioner said he has reviewed multiple videos of the incident. The officer ordered the driver out of the car, and the man complied. During the interview, the officer learned the man was a person of interest in the casino robbery, Harrison said.
The man then “lunged at the officer with a gun in his hand,” Harrison said, and the two struggled on the ground. A second officer arrived at the scene and rendered aid.
Harrison said both officers fired their guns “to prevent further harm,” such as the driver shooting police or people in the area. It’s not yet known if the man fired his weapon.
The driver was hit–it’s not clear how many times–and taken into custody. He was later pronounced dead. Investigators recovered a gun from the scene, Harrison said.
“From what we saw in this video, the officer was very professional, very poised, until the struggle ensued,” Harrison said.
One of the officers had a tooth knocked out and several scrapes as a result of the scuffle.
Harrison invoked the BPD’s body-worn camera policy, meaning he has up to a week to decide on whether or not to release footage to the public as the Public Integrity Bureau conducts an investigation. The Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office, the Maryland U.S. Attorneys Office and the Baltimore City Office of Civil Rights will receive audio and video within 24 hours of the incident.
Harrison said the videos he has viewed clearly show the struggle between the officer and driver, but they do not have an angle of the shooting.
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