DUNDALK, Md. (WJZ) — Four of the five Baltimore County officers at the scene of a Dundalk arrest opened fire on a driver who allegedly rammed a police vehicle Thursday, police said.
None of the officers involved, who are part of the Criminal Apprehension Support Team, were wearing body cameras. BCPD spokeswoman Joy Stewart told WJZ that certain special forces do not carry body-worn cameras. She didn’t state why.
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Police said officers arrested two people around 1 p.m. near the intersection of Maryland Avenue and Avon Avenue in connection with a 2021 homicide when a driver in a black Infiniti allegedly rammed a police car.
Officers then opened fire on the driver, who suffered an unknown number of blows. Police said officers provided immediate assistance until medics arrived as the patient was being transported for shock trauma.
The driver’s condition – now named a suspect by police – is not known but they remain in hospital. Police said the driver was not one of the two people the arrest team wanted to arrest.
It is not known how many shots were fired at the scene, but images of the vehicle show multiple bullet holes through the windshield and passenger window.
A woman told WJZ Thursday her son was a passenger in the car that was shot. She said he was on the phone at the time of the shooting and it was his vehicle that was rammed by police.
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“My son called me and when my son called me they shot the car when I was on the phone with him,” said the woman, who asked to remain anonymous. “I rushed home from work to find out what’s going on and they still don’t tell me.”
An eyewitness at the scene told WJZ he grew up around the person who was shot and they are good friends. He claimed the driver was a victim and was trying to escape from police out of fear.
“He never tried not to cause anyone any trouble or anything, he just wanted to hang out with people, chill, he was a cool boy,” the man said.
Stewart told WJZ Friday the officers wore vests identifying them as cops.
The four officers have been relegated to routine administrative duties pending an investigation into the shooting. No other injuries were reported in the incident.
It’s unclear why the unit didn’t have body-worn cameras, but Stewart told the WJZ that the Baltimore County Police Department is scheduled to receive 425 additional body cameras in either fiscal year 2022 or 2023, which will be turned over to all special investigation offices, including specialized ones Units they don’t currently have.
According to an analysis of Baltimore County Police Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Proposalall officers in the department are to have body-worn cameras by 2025.
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While two people were arrested at the scene, one person was later released. Police said they did not disclose which murder the arrests were made for, as people are still being held in the case.
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