Baltimore Police Officer Shot in Federal Hill After Car Pursuit

| May 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

Baltimore Police Department press release: 

Police Involved Shooting (Officer Injured)

On May 26, 2020 at approximately 9:25 P.M., an officer was on routine patrol when he spotted a vehicle that was driving erratic near the intersection of E. Pratt and Light Streets. The officer believed the driver of that vehicle was possibly driving under the influence.

The officer attempted to stop the vehicle at which time the vehicle sped away. The officer followed the vehicle into the 1000 block of Light Street at which time the vehicle crashed and the driver bailed out and fled on foot.

The office gave chase, on foot, at which time the suspect (driver) discharged a firearm, striking the officer in the lower abdomen.

The officer was transported to Shock Trauma with a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

The suspect was not apprehended and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about this incident and/or suspect is asked to contact the police or call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7lockup.

The pursuit led to a heavy police presence in Federal Hill, Riverside, and Locust Point.

BPD Commissioner Michael Harrison said at his press conference last night that the suspect carjacked a blue Toyota Camry to make his escape. He also said he believes but cannot confirm that the suspect did a second carjacking to make the escape. He thanked the community for relaying valuable information about this case.

Commissioner Harrison said he believes the bullet proof vest the officer was wearing saved his life and that he likely will not need surgery.

Baltimore City Mayor Bernard “Jack” young Tweeted, “This officer put their life on the line for the residents of our City. The level of violence on our streets is completely unacceptable and won’t be tolerated.”

Governor Larry Hogan said, “we are deeply disturbed by the senseless shooting of a police officer last night in Federal Hill. Fortunately, the officer is in good condition, and state law enforcement stands ready to assist the investigation.”

Update 3:50pm: BPD  said it needs help locating the suspect 28 year-old Antonio Oliver Janifer, who has a warrant out for his arrest.

The injured BPD officer has been identified officer Joshua Jackson and he was released from the hospital Today. Officer Jackson is in good condition according to Commissioner Harrison. Officer Jackson, who also goes by “Saint the Rappin Cop,” received national attention last year with a rap song about being a BPD officer.

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