03/15/2014

Md. cop ambushed in his car, seriously wounded

Somebody approached his personal vehicle and opened fire, hitting him several times in the upper body

The Baltimore Sun

BALTIMORE — A Baltimore police officer was in critical condition late Friday after authorities said somebody approached his personal vehicle and opened fire, hitting him several times in the upper body and sending him to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center for emergency surgery.

Police did not identify the officer and offered few details about how the East Baltimore shooting played out. Officials said they believed he was off-duty, and Deputy Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said he was "by all indications a bystander."

"We all know that Baltimore deserves better than this type of violence on our streets," Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said at a late-night news conference.

Dr. Thomas M. Scalea, Shock Trauma's physician-in-chief, said the hospital admitted the officer at about 7:20 p.m. He required a "lot of surgery," said Scalea, who said the officer was stable but "absolutely critical, and we're going to do the best to get him through this and back to his family."

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