Today, Baltimore police released body camera footage from an incident last week where police shot a man who was reportedly suffering a behavioral crisis.
The shooting happened last Wednesday at a home in the 5800 block of Falkirk Road. Police Commissioner Michael Harrison conceded that incidents like this rightly bring a “high level of public scrutiny” and pledged a thorough investigation.
The man, who has neither been identified nor charged, is in stable condition.
The 911 caller confirmed to the operator he was experiencing a psychiatric episode but said she wasn’t sure if he was armed. When officers arrived, after being let in by the man’s relative and led to the basement, the man repeatedly claimed that the officers illegally entered his home and were there to execute him. At one point, he admitted to officers that he had not been taking his medication.
Officers maintained they were there to help him and escort him to waiting medics. However, when an officer moved in with handcuffs, the man reached to his right and grabbed a handgun, which he then raised at an officer. Five shots can be heard on body camera video. Watch the video below.
Harrison said police received a call about the same man in the same neighborhood on June 20. Police said that at the time, the man was naked and firing shots at a car. He was taken into custody and released after a mental evaluation.
In releasing the video, police said every officer is trained for de-escalation of a crisis response.
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