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.
BREAKING NEWS I’m on the scene of what @BaltimorePolice have described as an officer involved shooting with an officer possibly shot in the leg and rushed to @shocktrauma It happened here before 10a at N. Ellamont St and Westwood Ave just off of North Ave in West Baltimore pic.twitter.com/jlKgFn4W3q
— Scott Wykoff (@ScottWykoffWBAL) November 9, 2020
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.
PHOTO: A suspect is shot by police in #Baltimore today after reportedly firing at an officer. This happened right outside of a visible “No Shoot Zone” — the officer involved in the shootout is in good condition. The suspect was pronounced dead at the hospital. @FOXBaltimore pic.twitter.com/pF8dcqjejc
— Ben Otte (@thewayitotte2b) November 9, 2020
Commissioner Harrison said the wounded officer was transported to University of Maryland Shock Trauma and remained hospitalized in “good condition,” FOX News reported.
BREAKING: @BaltimorePolice officer was shot in the upper leg in West Baltimore this morning and is in stable condition here at Shock Trauma. His injury is not life-threatening and the prognosis is good says @FOP3 @WMAR2News pic.twitter.com/NgMWSaMXOE
— Abby Isaacs WMAR (@AbbyIsaacsNews) November 9, 2020
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.
Officer shot in the thigh, suspect killed by officer who returned fire @wjz
Happened at 9:41 am along N Ellamont Ave in SW #Baltimore. A live update from the scene at noon #TUNEIN pic.twitter.com/URBMewBtlp
— Rachael Cardin (@RachaelCardin) November 9, 2020
Police have not yet released the identity of either of the officers involved in the incident.
The thoughts of the Baltimore County Police Department are with the @BaltimorePolice Officer shot this morning. We offer our support and hope for a full and speedy recovery.
— Baltimore County Police Department (@BaltCoPolice) November 9, 2020
Authorities also haven’t identified the dead gunman because his family was still being notified, FOX News reported.