Gunman Opens Fire On Baltimore Cop, Then Command Orders Officers To Let Him Go

Police officials called off a chase after an SUV tried to run down an officer and shot at another on Tuesday morning.

Baltimore, MD – Baltimore police are looking for a man who tried to run down a police officer on a traffic stop and then opened fire with a handgun at another cop on Tuesday morning.

"This is an armed and dangerous person willing to harm police officers and anyone else in our community, so we take this seriously. It speaks to the brazenness of today's criminal element," Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, WBAL reported.

The incident began at about 1:16 a.m. on Aug. 27 when a silver SUV tried to run over a Baltimore police officer who was out of his vehicle conducting a traffic stop in the 2400-block of Reisterstown Road, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Another officer on patrol in the area spotted the suspect vehicle about three minutes later at an intersection in the 1500-block of Pennsylvania Avenue.

Police said that as the officer approached the silver SUV in his police car, the suspect jumped out of his car and opened fire on the officer with a handgun, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Commissioner Harrison said the officer was able to back away in time to avoid being shot.

A 9mm shell casing was recovered later from the scene, The Baltimore Sun reported.

The driver fled and police pursued him through the city until a Baltimore police major ordered the officer to terminate the pursuit when it reached I-295, a six-lane highway that runs out of the city.

Commissioner Harrison said the major called off the pursuit because of the “danger factor” to citizens and officers, The Baltimore Sun reported.

"It just got to be high speed. It was through neighborhoods. As we encountered a danger factor with following the car, the pursuit was called off because of the danger factor to citizens and officers," he said, according to WBAL.

CitiWatch cameras showed the silver SUV did not appear to have license plates, The Baltimore Sun reported.

The police report indicated that the incident was captured on the officer’s bodycam.

Sources said that officers were angry that officials called off the chase.

Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge 3 President Mike Mancuso took to Twitter to express his frustration with department officials.

“The brave men and women of the Baltimore Police Department were told to stand down during the riots. Now we are being told to stand down on an attempted murder of a police officer. #CityinCrisis,” Mancuso tweeted.

He told The Baltimore Sun that kind of decision was the reason violent crime is out of control in the city.

"How out of control has Baltimore become when criminals walk up on a uniformed officer, in a marked patrol car, and fire shots at the officer?” Mancuso asked. “Then there is a vehicle pursuit of the suspect and the pursuit is called off by BPD command... What does this tell the criminal element? What does it tell the officers doing the job every day? Is it any wonder that Baltimore is in the condition it is."

Seven people connected to law enforcement have been targeted in Baltimore in recent weeks, including Baltimore Police Sergeant Isaac Carrington, a 22-year veteran of the police force who was shot multiple times off-duty in an attempted robbery in front of his home, WBAL reported.

An off-duty Baltimore school police officer and a retired Maryland Department of Corrections (DOC) officer fatally shot an armed suspect as he was attempting to rob them on Saturday night.

And in recent weeks, two civilian employees of the Baltimore Police Department were attacked and robbed, The Baltimore Sun reported.

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flybynight
flybynight

This should please the site trolls bigly!!!! Time will tell so stand by.

BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

Especially if the suspect was black. Can't be arresting dangerous black people because you might have to use force on them and that would of course be racist and cause protests.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

But yet they’re worried about people passing a multiple choice entry level test........ trust me, if you can’t pass an entry level test, Black, white, orange brown, blue, yellow, magenta, gold, chartreuse, whatever color, you ain’t gonna skate by on the other tests...... but when you do make it in, you’ll think to yourself, “this guy just shot at me, but my command is saying let him go......” then you can just go home and be angry, then that’s how you become disgruntled.

JBo
JBo

"...willing to harm police officers and anyone else in our community, so we take this seriously."

Ummmm...apparently not. I know, I know...it's just attempted murder and it's just Baltimore.

flybynight
flybynight

Still waiting trolls. Step up.

Anomie88
Anomie88

The feckless leadership at the Baltimore Police Department is causing both a cancer of apathy in the Department and a scourge of violence towards law enforcement in the community. Why would anyone visit Baltimore or Maryland, work there or call that community of troglodytes home?

flybynight
flybynight

He who robs and runs today lives to rob another day.............. in Baltimore at least 🤔🙄

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Even the AG Office is against the BPD cops. Earlier this year, Mosby promised to prosecute distribution, but she has not been following through. She recently dropped all charges against a rock-solid case where the perp had three pounds packaged up ready for sale...

gfc1963
gfc1963

And they wonder why criminals laugh at the law!

Les_gpt
Les_gpt

Why didn't they deploy other surveillance? Why not fall back and have a helicopter follow?

Grampsdeal
Grampsdeal

Maybe it was the chiefs son...

Infidal$Glad
Infidal$Glad

So since the perp isn't good at what he does now he has a second chance. How can this be good.

Justretired
Justretired

Damn, just damn!!!

Justretired
Justretired

Fleeing felon and 10-0 terminated. I hope our brothers and sisters in blue can weather this shit storm that seems to be spreading across this nation.

CinGuz
CinGuz

This country is in a sad state. God bless our LEO officers.

Ace4816
Ace4816

Why anyone would want to get into this profession these days boggles the mind. It used to be that only the upper crest echelon was kiss ass to the politics. That bar is getting lower each year. Retirement is looking real good these days!

Patrick 69
Patrick 69

I know Commissioner Harrison personally when he was with NOPD. Watch your back.

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

Commissioner Harrison is a joke. He has been a joke since he came here. He has pissed off a lot of LEO's that I know and they don't respect him.

Guitarplayer
Guitarplayer

I'd sue for endangering my life if I was that officer

alaskalawdog
alaskalawdog

@Ace4816

38 years and I’m on my last nerve with this shit. It just ain’t fun anymore.

unholyone
unholyone

If the criminal injures/kills anyone else, I hope the victim and/or family sues the "shyte" out of the City of Baltimore, the PD, and the Chief, personally! I'm sure MD, Baltimore, State Police, and other law enforcement agencies have helicopters, patrol cars, CCTV (on 295), to continue the chase. Bite my tongue, but I'd like to be the lawyer on that civil case. Glad I'm retired!

Choirboyz
Choirboyz

Command?... what a poor excuse for command... in deferring to public safety you account for the balance in the ability to later identify the perpetrators the severity of the crime..and the time of day.... to call this off as the epitome of irresponsibility and the judgement of the supervisor jeopardizes the confidence of all who wear a badge in Baltimore... ridiculous

Standin tall
Standin tall

Hummm! The bird couldn't stop surveilling Me for one second to assist with that crime?? SMDH

Milton Waddams
Milton Waddams

Liberal politicians and disgusting command staff should be held accountable and fired for even giving those orders. That's why it's a shit hole like Chicago