Baltimore, MD – A Baltimore police officer was shot in the hand while he struggled to disarm a convicted felon on a Cherry Hill neighborhood sidewalk, authorities said (video below).
Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said the altercation took place on Wednesday night, when two officers from the Southern District Action Team encountered a man who was “exhibiting characteristics of an armed gunman,” The Baltimore Sun reported.
Bodycam footage of the scuffle showed one of the officers as he made contact with 35-year-old Allen Johnson Jr.
“Show me your hands. Show me your hands,” the officer said in the recording.
He then asked Johnson if he had a weapon, but Johnson claimed he did not.
“Don’t reach for anything,” the officer cautioned Johnson as he reached towards the suspect’s waistband.
“I don’t have shit!” Johnson replied, just before he tried to push the officer away from him.
As the struggle ensued, an officer repeatedly told Johnson to “quit reaching.”
“I don’t have nothing!” Johnson shouted as a shot rang out.
Another officer at the scene used a stun gun to subdue Johnson, who repeatedly yelled that he didn’t have a weapon as he was being taken into custody.
“The gun’s under the fence!” the officer who was shot repeatedly yelled to his partners.
“My hand’s broke,” the officer said.
"At least two officers struggled with the gunman in an effort to take his gun from him. The gunman made every effort ... to hold on to his firearm as the officers were trying to disarm the gunman. At some point during the brief struggle, the gunman discharged one round and it struck one of our two police officers in the palm of his hand," Commissioner Davis told WBAL.
He said the bullet pierced the officer’s hand “through and through,” and that he was treated and released at a local hospital.
"He's going to be OK," Commissioner Davis said. "He was giving the nurses a hard time. He and the mayor were talking about who's a better runner. I stayed out of that conversation. But he's in good spirits. The only thing he asked me was, 'Please don't put me behind a desk.'"
The unnamed 30-year-old officer is a three-year veteran of the Baltimore police department, WBAL reported.
Police said Johnson was taken to a hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries.
Commissioner Davis said Johnson is a convicted felon who never should have been in possession of a gun.
“Lord only knows what his intention was with that firearm,” Commissioner Davis said. “Thank God we're not talking about planning another police funeral.”
The shooting occurred just hours after Baltimore Police Detective Sean Suiter was laid to rest, WJZ-TV reported.
Det. Suiter was shot in the head on Nov. 15, and died the following day.
Johnson was charged with attempted first degree murder, attempted second degree murder, first degree assault, second degree assault, felony second degree assault of a law enforcement officer, and multiple drug and firearm offenses, the Daily Mail reported.
Watch the officers' encounter with Johnson in the video below: