Officer struck by stolen car in northeast Baltimore
BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- An officer attempting to get out of his vehicle was struck by a car that was fleeing a marked police car in northeast Baltimore Tuesday morning.
T.J. Smith, a spokesman for the police department, says officers with the citywide robbery unit were patrolling the neighborhood after a rash of crime over the last 24 hours when officers observed a Saturn SUV that had been taken in a carjacking on Monday.
An officer in a marked police car attempted to stop the car but the suspects fled, eventually hitting an unmarked police car at Brendan Avenue and Juneway. Smith says one of the officers was attempting to get out of the unmarked car when the suspect vehicle struck him, causing an injury to his ankle. The second officer in the car was not injured.
Smith says after the collision, a foot chase ensued and the suspects were apprehended a few blocks away. The suspects are 16 and 19-years-old, Smith said.
“A lot of people probably as the question of why the 16-year-old is not in school or doing something else more productive,” Smith said. “We have the same question and it’s very disappointing these young people, teenagers, and juveniles that are involved in this violent activity.”
Police believe the suspects are responsible for the rash of crime in the area, including two burglaries, three robberies and a carjacking in the last 24 hours. Police say the stolen car was used to commit crimes today.
Smith noted that a replica handgun was found in the stolen car, as well as belongings reported missing in the area.
Smith also attributed the community for coming together with police to help catch the suspects and report the stolen vehicle.
Neither suspect have been identified but Smith said they are familiar to law enforcement. Smith also said the 16-year-old may be charged as an adult.
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