Baltimore, MD – A Baltimore police detective’s unmarked patrol vehicle was carjacked by three armed attackers on Tuesday night, according to police.
The on-duty detective was not in uniform at the time of the incident, but he was wearing his identification around his neck as well as a polo shirt embroidered with a badge, Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison told WBAL.
The unnamed detective was at a business located in the 2800-block of Hanover Street at approximately 6:15 p.m. on May 3 when he was approached by three armed suspects, according to Commissioner Harrison.
The commissioner said it is unclear if the detective was inside or outside of his vehicle when the confrontation occurred, WBAL reported.
“At some point, our detective pulled out his weapon and discharged his weapon, but it is unknown if any of the individuals were struck by gunfire or any injuries,” he said.
The gunmen commandeered the detective’s unmarked car and sped off, WBAL reported.
They headed over the Hanover Street Bridge and ultimately got into a rollover crash near Nick’s Fish House in Port Covington, according to The Baltimore Sun.
Two suspects have since been arrested in connection with the incident, but the third remained at-large on Wednesday, WBAL reported.
The suspects’ identities have not been released.
Investigators said they located a gun at the scene that appeared to have misfired, WBAL reported.
They are working to determine whether or not it belonged to one of the carjackers.
The two suspects police apprehended were not injured, nor was the detective, according to The Baltimore Sun.
Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott said the brazen attack on the on-duty detective is unacceptable, WBAL reported.
“When we continuously see these kinds of acts happening and happening over and over again, we need to have a check in the community,” Scott said. “If a young man is coming home, a young woman coming home with key fobs and they’re not old enough to drive, or don’t have a license, or don’t have a car, you have to check them.”
The mayor noted that many criminals aren’t being held accountable for their crimes and continue to offend time and time again, WBFF reported.
“When you see that the police are arresting the same folks over and over again for carjacking, the same folks over and over again for shootings…or robbery, we have to understand what’s happening after they are arrested,” Scott told reporters.
“When people we know are consistently let back out on the streets, when folks aren’t held and come out and do crimes before they go to trial, think about making sure that every part of this system is being talked about the same way our officers are, because they’re the ones out here risking their lives every day,” the mayor said, according to WBFF.