Video: Baltimore Officer Shot While Taking Down Armed Felon

A Baltimore police officer was shot in the hand by a convicted felon.

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.

He was found to be in possession of crack and heroin when he was arrested, the Daily Mail reported.

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:

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yep if you aren't doing anything wrong there is no reason to see where they are going..we used to walk around all the time when I was a teen..cops would wave at us as they went by (small town) and most knew you by name.


Thanks SheepDawg!


In legal jargon it is referred to as "furtive movement." On the street it is sometimes unexplainable since it is quick and...furtive. Officers are the ultimate observers of human behavior. Our lives depend on it. There are some behaviors that are uncommon to regular people, but indicative of dangerous behavior. I wasn't there, but it could have been that in this neighborhood it is "normal" for a person walking the streets in the middle of the night to stare at the "unmarked" patrol car as it passes. It's a challenge sort of thing. If a person walking the sidewalk in the middle of the night pointedly looks away, turns to see if you keep going or does something else that is not "normal" then by definition that behavior is "abnormal."

People can argue about this all day in court and on the internet, but the reality is that predators act differently. Seasoned Officers, as would be suggested by inclusion in a specialty Unit, are the most experienced people to identify "suspicious" actions.


To be clear, I'm not defending the suspect at all, or questioning the actions or judgement of the officers.

I'm just curious what "exhibiting the characteristics of an armed gunman" means. Obviously the officers had reasonable suspicion that the suspect was armed, thus they attempted to detain him, I'm just curious what the specifics were.


Good job LEO! Thank you for risking your life to protect the citizens.