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Police involved shooting leaves two people dead, officer and woman wounded

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JULIUS A. WHITE
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( front, l-r , Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison, Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott

Baltimore police are investigating a deadly officer-involved shooting at a methadone clinic.  Police Commissioner Michael Harrison says officers shot and killed an armed man at the Man Alive treatment center in the 2100 block of Maryland Avenue around 7 o'clock  Monday morning.

The suspect allegedly tried to steal medication and opened fire in the clinic before officers arrived on the scene.  Sergeant Bill Shiflett, 48, a 25 year veteran of the BPD, was shot in the abdomen underneath his bulletproof vest in the confrontation with the suspect , and was taken to Shock Trauma where he underwent surgery.  Sgt. Shiflett is currently in stable condition and is in recovery in ICU.  Another man, found with gunshot wounds, died from his injuries, and an employee, a woman at the clinic was injured and hospitalized.  Harrison said a young officer managed to pull Sergeant Shiflett to safety.  The shooting is under internal investigation. Commissioner Michael Harrison says officers responded to the clinic after reports of an active shooter situation.  “This was a dangerous situation that could have been far worse,” said Harrison. “Right now the scene is being process as both police involved shooting where a suspect has died and another suspect has died at that location, and so it is an internal investigation that is under complete review.”

Baltimore City Council President President Brandon Scott called Sgt. Shiflett and his fellow officer heroes, saying they ran into a situation knowing that it could be deadly for themselves,but they showed extreme courage in what's demanded of them everyday to protect the citizens of Baltimore. "We are hopeful and keeping our thought with Sgt. Shiflett and his family," said Scott. "We have to use this instance to show that our officers are  fighting daily and risking their lives to stop this disease of gun violence in Baltimore City. This is a day where we have to recognize some heroes and recognize the things that they've done and what they do everyday to keep Baltimore safe."