A Baltimore police officer was shot Monday morning after a gunman ambushed two officers working in an unmarked police car in the city.
Fox News reported that the attack occurred around 9:40 a.m. on November 9 when officers with the Baltimore Police Department from the Warrant Apprehension Task Force were working surveillance of a domestic violence suspect on North Ellamont Avenue.
According to Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison, the suspect “pulled alongside” the unmarked police car, exited the vehicle, and ambushed the officers.
The suspect “then opened fire into our officers’ surveillance vehicle, striking one of our officers in the upper thigh,” Harrison said.
“And our officer returned fire while sitting inside of the vehicle, striking the suspect at least more than once,” Commissioner Harrison told reporters following the incident.
Officers reportedly performed first aid on the wounded officer until an ambulance arrived. The gunman was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
BREAKING NEWS I’m on the scene of what @BaltimorePolice have described as an officer involved shooting with an officer possibly shot in the leg and rushed to @shocktrauma It happened here before 10a at N. Ellamont St and Westwood Ave just off of North Ave in West Baltimore pic.twitter.com/jlKgFn4W3q
— Scott Wykoff (@ScottWykoffWBAL) November 9, 2020
PHOTO: A suspect is shot by police in #Baltimore today after reportedly firing at an officer. This happened right outside of a visible “No Shoot Zone” — the officer involved in the shootout is in good condition. The suspect was pronounced dead at the hospital. @FOXBaltimore pic.twitter.com/pF8dcqjejc
— Ben Otte (@thewayitotte2b) November 9, 2020
BREAKING: @BaltimorePolice officer was shot in the upper leg in West Baltimore this morning and is in stable condition here at Shock Trauma. His injury is not life-threatening and the prognosis is good says @FOP3 @WMAR2News pic.twitter.com/NgMWSaMXOE
— Abby Isaacs WMAR (@AbbyIsaacsNews) November 9, 2020
Officer shot in the thigh, suspect killed by officer who returned fire @wjz
Happened at 9:41 am along N Ellamont Ave in SW #Baltimore. A live update from the scene at noon #TUNEIN pic.twitter.com/URBMewBtlp
— Rachael Cardin (@RachaelCardin) November 9, 2020
The Baltimore County Police Department posted a message of support for the wounded officer on Twitter, saying, “The thoughts of the Baltimore County Police Department are with the Baltimore Police Officer shot this morning. We offer our support an hope for a full and speedy recovery.”
The thoughts of the Baltimore County Police Department are with the @BaltimorePolice Officer shot this morning. We offer our support and hope for a full and speedy recovery.
— Baltimore County Police Department (@BaltCoPolice) November 9, 2020
“I think the message is clear: this violence has to stop,” Harrison said. “But the members of our police department are proactive and were where they were supposed to be, doing what they were supposed to do – actually looking for a violent offender to arrest, and were attacked by a suspect who is now dead as a result of his actions.”
According to Fox News, police later recovered what they believe to be the suspect’s firearm.