According to the local authorities, a gunman was shot and killed on the scene by a university officer, near the Coppin State University in Baltimore, Tuesday, December 13th. The paramedics who arrived shortly after pronounced the man dead on the scene. According to a statement by T.J. Smith, the Baltimore police spokesman, released to the press, the officer did not sustain any injuries. Furthermore, apart from the suspect, no one else was hurt in the incident.
Events Leading up to the Shooting
According to Mr. Smith, on Tuesday evening, around 6:20 p.m., two vehicles were moving towards the campus from the surroundings of a mall located in close vicinity to the Coppin University. During the daily patrol, a university officer dressed in uniform was driving an unmarked car, in order to prevent vehicles from entering the campus’ grounds.
According to the Baltimore police spokesman, one of the cars suddenly stopped. The university officer also pulled his car over. While the officer was preparing to get out of his vehicle, the suspect got out of the passenger side and started to shoot at the second car approaching from the mall.
In order to stop the assailant, the university opened fire on the gunman, striking him down, said T.J. Smith. Then, the cars coming in from the mall sped away. The police officers who later arrived on the scene were able to recover the suspect’s gun.
Baltimore Police Reports
According to Mr. Smith, university officers are not equipped with body cameras. However, surveillance cameras captured the incident. As a police investigation in underway, T.J. Smith did not disclose the races of the officer or the suspect. Nevertheless, authorities have informed the suspects’ next of kin about the incident. All the spokesman could say was that the attacker was a young adult and did not attend courses at the Coppin State University.
The director of public safety for Coppin State University Police, Leonard Hamm, said that the university officer followed procedure and his course of action was legitimate. Furthermore, the Baltimore police and Coppin police are working together in order to identify the drivers of the cars that sped away.
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