The Star Democrat

Baltimore cop on life support after shooting


BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore officer is in critical condition after being ambushed and shot while sitting in a patrol vehicle early Thursday, authoritie­s say.

Dr. Thomas Scalea said at a briefing outside the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Shock Trauma Center that the officer was shot multiple times and was on life support, The Baltimore Sun reports.

Police Commission­er Michael Harrison said the officer was on-duty but not responding to a call around 1:30 a.m. when the shooter approached from behind and opened fire and the vehicle accelerate­d and crashed. Officers responding to a report of a crash found the officer who appeared to be suffering from life-threatenin­g gunshot wounds, then worked to get the wounded officer to Shock Trauma as quickly as possible, police said in a news release. The officer, who was not immediatel­y identified by name or gender, was listed in “guarded condition,” police said mid-morning.

“This was a cowardly, brazen act to walk up and open fire on a police officer who was doing what we asked that officer to do – to go out to protect and serve,” Harrison said in a statement. “Our prayers are with the officer’s family. We are determined to find those responsibl­e for this heinous crime and will not rest until we do.”

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan tweeted that he has offered the full resources of Maryland State Police to help with the investigat­ion after the officer “was shot in a despicable, ambush-style attack.”

The Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 tweeted early Thursday that city and state police union leaders were at the hospital and asked people to keep the officer in their prayers.

Harrison said he and Mayor Brandon Scott met with the officer’s family members, “who are, like us, obviously angry, confused, in search of answers, and have an expectatio­n that we will find who did this and hold one or as many people responsibl­e for this as possible.”

The police knew few details on the shooting and were asking the public for help finding more informatio­n.

“We have a coward on the loose in Baltimore that we must and will find,” Scott said.

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