RadioOnFire.com – Baltimore police Tuesday released body camera video from the scene of the shooting last week that left a sergeant injured and the gunman and a victim dead.
The video from Sgt. Bill Shiflett’s body camera shows him arriving at the scene last Monday and gathering information about the situation inside the methadone clinic in the 2100 block of Maryland Avenue.
It shows him leading other officers, including Officer Christopher Miller, into a corridor where they encountered Ashanti Pinkney. Officers are heard repeatedly ordering Pinkney to put down his gun.
“It is extremely difficult because we’re working to protect our own lives, we’re working to save and protect others who are around us, and we’re working to save and protect the person with whom we are interacting,” Commissioner Michael Harrison said.
Pinkney shot Shiflett. The shootout was not shown in the video released Tuesday.
The video continues to show Shiflett’s point of view as Miller drags his wounded supervisor around a corner and out of harm’s way. He then calls for a medic.
Shiflett was released from Shock Trauma Sunday. Harrison visited with Shiflett and his family in the hospital on Saturday.
“We expect a full recovery and we’re wishing him a speedy, prosperous recovery,” Harrison said.
Pinkney died of his injuries. A second man, 52-year-old clinic employee David Caldwell, was pronounced dead at an area hospital. A 41-year-old woman, also an employee there, was wounded by shrapnel while huddling in a bathroom, Harrison said.
Police said Pinkney’s gun was not registered to him, but that investigators know who the owner is.