Baltimore Police Officers Shot Attempting To Assist In Serving Warrant; Suspect Dead

Two Baltimore County Police were tragically shot in the line of duty after U.S. Marshals’ task force attempted to serve a warrant outside a shopping mall Tuesday morning. The suspect who shot the two officers was also shot and killed, according to authorities. Both officers were shot just after 8:00 am at the Security Square Mall car park, and officials confirmed that the police suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

When officers approached the vehicle, the suspect jumped out and fired multiple rounds, striking the two detectives. Officers returned fire and killed the suspect. The suspect, known as Justin Powell of Baltimore, was brought to a hospital, and he passed away shortly after. Powell,32, was wanted on a homicide and gun warrant, according to authorities.

Balt. Police Chief Michael Harrison stated that “our officers were pursuing this individual” and that “they were doing their jobs when they were fired on and struck.”

According to Harrison, the officers who were injured are in stable condition. Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott described them as “alert” and “upbeat.”

“The WATF [Warrent Apprehension Task Force] will continue to aggressively track down those who commit violence on our streets and they will continue to send a clear message as they do each and every day, that we will not allow folks to think they’re going to get away with harming people on the streets of Baltimore,” Scott stated.

Both officers were taken to the University of Maryland Medical Center and, Adam Cowley, Physician in Chief, reported that the officers “both were seriously ill when they arrived.”

“What we saw today was exactly what officers go through; these are the most dangerous situations imaginable, but they did their jobs with bravery, with courage and with professionalism,” Harrison said.

Baltimore Police Department Sergeant, Mike Mancuso, met with the injured Baltimore police officers yesterday morning and reported that they are in stable condition and will remain in shock trauma pending further procedures.

 

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