An officer is stable condition after he was shot while attempting to make an arrest early Sunday morning, Baltimore police said.
According to officials, the shooting happened around 3:15 a.m. in the 2300 block of Winchester Street.
Officials said officers were called to disperse a large party.
Commissioner Michael Harrison said two officers responded, and one of the officers engaged with the driver of an SUV and realized the driver was armed. Both officers struggled with the driver, and it was during that struggle when the officer was shot in the torso.
The officer was taken into Shock Trauma and underwent surgery and is now listed in stable condition. Officials are hopeful he will make a full recovery.
“Sadly we are here again,”
Shock Trauma Physician-in-Chief Dr. Thomas Scalea said. This is the third Baltimore police officer shot in the line of duty this year.
Harrison said the officer who was shot is a 20-year-veteran who served in the Maryland National Guard.
Harrison said incidents like this show the true bravery of these officers.
“This speaks to the bravery and the courage of our officers during very tough and tumultuous times. In spite of all that’s going on here and everywhere in the country, the members of the Baltimore Police Department continue to serve, continue to protect and continue to do what is necessary to keep the people of Baltimore safe,” Harrison said.
Police do not know much about the suspect, but said a firearm was recovered at the scene, which Harrison said was the firearm used in the incident. Harrison said the suspect was taken into custody without injury.
“Even though our officer was shot, with the help of one other officer, the two of them were able to still subdue this subject and take him into custody without injuring that suspect,” Harrison said. “That speaks volumes of the level of restraint, the level of professionalism and determination to survive and the determination to do the right thing to protect everybody around. We’re certainly proud of their actions today.”
The investigation is ongoing.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.