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Gunman Ambushes, Shoots Baltimore Cop Sitting In Car

Baltimore, MD – A police officer was shot in southwest Baltimore on Monday morning when a gunman ambushed two officers doing surveillance in an unmarked police car.

The incident occurred at about 9:40 a.m. on Nov. 9 as Baltimore Police Department plainclothes officers from the Warrant Apprehension Task Force were on a stake out for a domestic violence suspect on North Ellamont Avenue, FOX News reported.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said the suspect arrived on the scene while the officers were sitting there.

Commissioner Harrison said the suspect “pulled alongside” the unmarked police car facing in the opposite direction and got out of the driver’s side of his vehicle, FOX News reported.

That was when he ambushed the officers.

The commissioner said the suspect “then opened fire into our officers’ surveillance vehicle, striking one of our officers in the upper thigh,” FOX News reported.

He said two officers were in the unmarked police car when it was ambushed.

“And our officer returned fire while sitting inside of the vehicle, striking the suspect at least more than once,” Commissioner Harrison told reporters at the press conference after the incident.

The commissioner said officers performed First Aid until the ambulance arrived on the scene, FOX News reported.

The gunman was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Commissioner Harrison said the wounded officer was transported to University of Maryland Shock Trauma and remained hospitalized in “good condition,” FOX News reported.

Police recovered the shooter’s firearm at the scene.

“I think the message is clear: this violence has to stop,” the Baltimore police commissioner said. “But the members of our police department are pro-active and were where they were supposed to be, doing what they were supposed to do – actually looking for a violent offender to arrest, and were attacked by a suspect who is now dead as a result of his actions.”

He said that he thought both officers had bodycams but wasn’t sure if they were activated when they were ambushed because they were doing surveillance on a covert assignment at the time of the attack, FOX News reported.

Police have not yet released the identity of either of the officers involved in the incident.

Authorities also haven’t identified the dead gunman because his family was still being notified, FOX News reported.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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