Po­lice ID of­fi­cer who shot sus­pect

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The Bal­ti­more Po­lice De­part­ment on Thurs­day iden­ti­fied the of­fi­cer who shot an armed sus­pect dur­ing a traf­fic stop this week. The of­fi­cer, Jef­frey Melo, 24, is as­signed to the West­ern District, said De­tec­tive Jeremy Sil­bert, a po­lice spokesman. Po­lice said Richard Gibbs Jr., 29, was pulled over about 10:35 p.m. Tues­day in the 1000 block of N. Mon­roe St., near the West­ern District sta­tion, be­cause he was driv­ing a car with an “oblit­er­ated” li­cense plate. He stepped out of the BMW hold­ing a loaded gun and was shot once, po­lice said. Gibbs was taken to a hos­pi­tal, where he was ini­tially listed in crit­i­cal con­di­tion. His con­di­tion has since been up­graded, po­lice said Wed­nes­day.

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