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Baltimore police officer shot, wounded

Officer shot in the upper chest, shoulder area as he questioned an individual

The Associated Press

BALTIMORE - Shortly after 1:00 a.m., Saturday a Baltimore City officer was shot in the upper chest, shoulder area as he questioned an individual in the Unit block of North Calvert Street.

The Central District Officer has almost one year on the force.

The officer was transported to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center where he underwent emergency surgery.

Initially officers were responding to a call for a possible armed person. The Commander of the Central District, Major Dennis Smith, was first on the scene.

Back up units were able to return fire and wound the gunman.

As one of the back up officers approached a man for questioning, the man immediately drew a weapon and opened fire.

The suspect then fled the location in a Toyota Camry and later crashed into a light pole. He was later found at Mercy Hospital seeking treatment for his injuries.

The suspect was later taken to Shock Trauma for additional advanced treatment and is listed in serious but stable condition.

The officer is in stable condition and expected to be released from the hospital later this evening.

Police say that the suspect has a lengthy and notable criminal record.

The names of the suspect and officer have not yet been released, and there is no known motive at this time.

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