05 September 2013

ANOTHER ONE! Baltimore Police shoot man, witnesses say he was unarmed

Picture of man killed by police. Internet commenters speculate a gun is shown in the center of photo. Others say, some other object is still in the hands of the deceased man.

Carrie Wells
The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore police shot and killed a man they say fought with police before producing a weapon in an East Baltimore housing project Wednesday night.

Police released few details Wednesday on how the incident began, but Deputy Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said officers chased the man on foot into the 200 block of N. Spring Court, inside the Douglass Homes community, before 7 p.m. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital, and police could not immediately confirm his age or identity.

Rodriguez said officers from the department's special enforcement section were in the Douglass Homes area, working on "intelligence" they had gathered that led them to believe a suspect was about to commit a crime near or in a local business. Rodriguez declined to identify the business or describe how far away it was from where the chase ended.

Police pursued the man to the Douglass Homes courtyard, where he fought them as they tried to take him into custody, Rodriguez said. At some point, the man produced a weapon and, fearing for their lives, three officers shot him multiple times, Rodriguez said. No officers were injured, and Rodriguez said a weapon was recovered at the scene. Rodriguez would not say what kind of weapon was recovered.

Witnesses at the scene offered a different version of what happened once the man was inside the Douglass Homes courtyard, with the man holding a cellphone in his hand but not a gun, and the officers beating him while he lay on the ground before he was shot.

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