Baltimore Police release body camera footage of 3 police involved shootings
BALTIMORE, Md. (WBFF) -- Baltimore police are releasing footage from three separate police involved shootings in June. The videos show the extreme situations officers find themselves in and the split seconds they have to react.
"We are fortunate that we are not planning police funerals this week," says Chief T.J. Smith.
The first footage is from 8:40 Tuesday morning, June 27th, inside a Harford Road liquor store.
"(The officer) goes into the store right in the middle of the robbery taking place," Smith says.
"He was merely flagged down by a citizen who said there's something going on in there," says Commissioner Kevin Davis.
Inside the officer encountered two armed suspects and two bystanders.
Police say one suspect immediately surrendered, putting down his gun. The second refused. That's when the officer fired, missing the suspect who then ran into the store's freezer.
"You see the suspect in the backroom. (The officer's) trying to get him to comply," Smith says. "At that point, the shot had been fired and he still did not comply at that point. He acted as if he was, but didn't."
Police say 18 year old Maurice Allan is the one who surrendered.
21 year old Malik McCaffity was found by police minutes later hiding in the store's freezer under a shelf.
Both are facing multiple charges including armed robbery and assault.
The second police involved shooting happened almost 12 hours later, just before 8:30 Tuesday night in Curtis Bay.
Police tried to stop a man with a gun who then ran from officers.
During the chase, the man can be seen turning and raising a handgun at one of the pursuing officers.
"The officer basically hits the deck when he sees that gun raised at him," Smith says.
That incident was captured on nearby surveillance cameras too.
"The suspect ultimately was hit, got up and took off running, He got into a vehicle either waiting for him or picked him up."
Police charged that suspect, a man in his 20s, when he walked into an area hospital later that night.
Officers still haven't found his gun.
"Thank god for body worn camera footage," Commissioner Davis says. "They knew they saw a gun and knew they had a bad guy pointing a gun at them. At the end of this interaction, we've got the bad guy and no gun."
"Thanks to this technology, you don't have to take the word of the police. The bad guy was pointing a gun at us. Even though we don't have possession of gun just yet, you can see it on video."
Davis says releasing the videos is all about building public trust and being transparent.
They have not yet identified that suspect in the second incident although he's been charged with attempted murder.
He's still in the hospital in critical condition, but they say he's improving.
There have been a total of five separate incidents this year where officers discharged their weapons.
Two of those shootings were fatal. The third is the Curtis Bay incident where one person was hit and is expected to survive.
Twice officers did not hit their target. One of those incidents was the Harford Road liquor store shooting, which Smith addressed.
"We're going to shoot until the threat is stopped," he says. "If the threat is stopped by the sound of gunfire because it was a miss, i.e. the Harford Road situation, then it's time to de-escalate and put the guy in custody and that's what they did. At end of day that was probably training to a T."
Police are still looking for one suspect from another body camera video recorded June 17th on Wildwood Parkway.
It shows officers responding to a vehicle that had fled police after a traffic stop.
They say the driver then rammed a police cruiser and hit a car, critically injuring two civilians.
The suspect next took off on foot and jumped in another car whose driver tried to run over officers.
That's when the officer fired at the car. Police have arrested the second driver, but are still looking for the suspect from the original hit and run.
"We're talking about a pursuit that had gone on and a suspect who'd rammed into a police car, rammed into a civilian car and injured people prior to this incident taking place," Smith says. "Someone doing everything they can to get away."
He says police are very mindful of shooting at moving vehicles, but in certain scenarios they might be forced to do that."