Homicide detective on life support after shooting; suspect sought
BALTIMORE (WBFF) - A Baltimore homicide detective remains in grave condition Thursday after being shot in the head by a man who approached him in west Baltimore Wednesday afternoon.
The shooting prompted a wave of heavy police activity around the area of Bennett Place and North Fremont Avenue, just north of Route 40, throughout Wednesday afternoon and early evening.
The officer, who's been with the Baltimore Police Department for 18 years, was shot in the head after approaching a man who was engaged in "suspicious behavior," said Police Commissioner Kevin Davis in a press conference that evening.
A $64,000 reward was issued for information leading to the arrest of the suspect. The suspect was described only as a black male in a black jacket with a white stripe.
FBI also urges the public to call 1-800-CALL-FBI, option 4, with any tips.
"Enough is enough," said Mayor Catherine Pugh in the press conference, calling for an end to the record-breaking levels of crime that have rocked the city this year.
For "one of our own... to be gunned down like this is just unacceptable," she said, asking the public to "please pray for this family and pray for all the" victims of violence.
Gov. Larry Hogan also promised to help find the suspect.
Davis, Pugh and State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby were seen arriving at Shock Trauma, Wednesday evening. A police chaplain was also seen arriving.
The police department asked the public to "say an extra prayer for the officer and the officer's family."
At 5:45 p.m., police only said they were "gathering details regarding the police involved shooting that occurred in the 900 block of Bennett Place."
Law enforcement agencies and first responders from around the region were sending their condolences, as did Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford.
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