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Man With Real and Replica Guns Dies After Police Involved Shooting

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Baltimore Police Media Relations Chief, T.J. Smith

A man is dead after police say he pointed a gun at an officer in Northwest Baltimore.  Investigators say the incident started when a driver fled a traffic stop just after 8 o’clock Sunday  night. Police spokesman, Chief T.J. Smith says officers followed the car to Gwynn Falls Parkway and Garrison Boulevard where police say the 33-year-old driver got out of the car holding a gun, which he pointed at an officer.  Chief T.J. Smith says officers tried pulling a car over earlier that night. The car fled and was followed by Foxtrot helicopter.  Police arrived on scene once the car stopped and arrested a woman who had been in the car. But, as she was walking away from the vehicle, the man ran. The unidentified woman was taken into custody without incident. “As the driver took off running, he went through a yard then jumped over a fence then ran into the median on Gwynn Falls Parkway,” said Smith. “During that time, he had a gun in his hand. It appears he turned and pointed that gun at an officer. The officer then discharged his firearm, striking the suspect.”

Smith said the 33-year old man later died at a hospital. His identity is being withheld pending next of kin notification. Chief Smith said the man also had a replica gun in his possession.  It is unclear whether the decedent fired his semi-automatic handgun at the officer—and it’s unknown how many times he was shot.  Police shot and killed the man.  The officer who shot the suspect is being placed on routine administrative duties.

A man who police say pulled a semi-automatic handgun on an officer during a foot chase has been fatally shot in Baltimore. The Baltimore Sun reports the unidentified man died at a hospital Sunday night. Police spokesman Chief T.J. Smith says the incident started when officers tried pulling a car over earlier that night. The car fled and was followed by a helicopter. Smith says police arrived on scene once the car stopped and arrested a woman who had been in the car, but the man bolted. Smith says the man drew a gun and pointed it at a pursuing officer who then shot the man. The officer who shot the suspect is being placed on routine administrative duties. Smith said the officer has been with the Baltimore City Police Department for at least 4 years and is assigned to the Northwest district action team.