Baltimore, MD – A horrifying cell phone video posted to social media appeared to show what happened after a Baltimore police officer was ambushed early on Thursday morning (video below).
Baltimore police responded to a call about a car wreck in the 4400-block of Pennington Avenue in Curtis Bay at about 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 16, WBFF reported.
When the officers arrived on the scene, they discovered the crash involved a Baltimore police officer assigned to the Southern District.
The officer had been shot multiple times, according to WBFF.
Officials said investigators had determined the officer was on duty, sitting in a marked patrol vehicle when the gunman walked up to the car from behind and started shooting.
Investigators think the officer accelerated and crashed the vehicle a short time later, WBFF reported.
A reporter for The Baltimore Sun posted a disturbing cell phone video to Twitter that appeared to show the aftermath of the crash.
The video was shot from less than a block away from where the marked police car stopped when it crashed.
“Wore the dumbass out. He crashed into a park…,” a man’s voice said from behind the camera.
“Gotta call the police,” a female voice chimed in.
“Don’t call the police,” the man told her.
“We can’t let him die,” she replied before the video cut out and switched another view of the wrecked patrol car through a fence but much closer up.
In the video, an officer is on the ground just outside the open door of the patrol car.
The man narrating the video made several insulting remarks about the wounded officer as he zoomed in and out on the officer.
Officers responded to the scene and immediately began rendering aid to their wounded colleague and the officer was rushed to University of Maryland Shock Trauma.
Trauma surgeons said the wounded officer was taken straight into the operating room on full life support, WBFF reported.
Doctors later said the officer was in “guarded” condition.
Some media outlets have reported that the wounded hero is a female, and the police union used a feminine pronoun in the social media posts about the officer’s shooting, but Baltimore police have not released the name or any identifying details about the officer.
Police do not have any suspects and officials made a plea to the public for information during the morning media briefing, WBFF reported.
“We have a coward on the loose in Baltimore that we must and will find,” Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott told reporters, according to The Baltimore Sun.
One witness told police he heard a loud crash around 2 a.m.
Kevin Kreamer lives across the street from Curtis Bay Park and said he now knows the noise that woke him was the officer’s patrol car crashing through a chain link fence and careening over a ledge near the playground, The Baltimore Sun reported.
Kreamer said his wife heard four or five gunshots.
Baltimore police cadets were going door-to-door in the neighborhood in search of additional witnesses and any security video that might be useful to the investigation, The Baltimore Sun reported.
“This was a cowardly, brazen act to walk up and open fire on a police officer who was doing what we asked that officer to do – to go out and protect and serve,” Baltimore City Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said during an early morning press briefing.
“Our prayers are with the officer’s family. We are determined to find those responsible for this heinous crime and will not rest until we do,” Commissioner Harrison vowed.
“I am asking anyone who knows anything, who has heard anything, who saw something, who knows somebody who knows something, to please call police right away,” he said.
Watch the disturbing video of the aftermath of the crash here below. WARNING – Graphic Content and Obscene Language:
Instagram video that appears to show immediate aftermath of officer being shot this morning in Curtis Bay: “Don’t call the police,” person shooting the video says
“We can’t let them die,” woman responds pic.twitter.com/UnrjbzKBvO
— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) December 16, 2021