Gun fight erupts on Foster Avenue; suspect killed

Written by on April 24, 2013 in Crime, Featured, Neighborhood News - No comments

3403 Foster Avenue the scene of the shooting. Photo by Erik Zygmont.

After responding to a call, Baltimore police became engaged in a gunfight on the 3400 block of Foster Ave., across the street from Archbishop Borders School, and shot a male suspect on the night of Thursday, April 18.

According to Anthony Guglielmi, Director of the Baltimore Police Public Affairs Section, officers received a call for “a disorderly” at about 11:45 p.m. last night, Thursday, April 18. Guglielmi said that the officers arrived at the Foster Ave. location, handled the call—which appeared to be a domestic dispute involving a husband and wife, he said—and were outside of the residence handling paperwork.

At that point in time, plain-clothes officers who were nearby heard gunfire, Guglielmi said. He said that the officers approached the home, and the male suspect came out, armed with a handgun, and confronted them. The police and the suspect exchange fire, Guglielmi said, adding that at least three officers discharged their weapons. The suspect was hit at least once, and later died from his injuries.

As the investigation progressed, Guglielmi said, it became apparent that two women who had been inside the house were also shot and suffered non life-threatening injuries.

“We are operating under the assumption that they were shot during the domestic dispute that occurred,” Guglielmi said, though he added that the department is also investigating the possibility that the women were shot during the gun battle with police.

Guglielmi said that all of the shooting occurred in the area surrounding the house. The address is directly across the street from Archbishop Borders School. No police officers were injured. Earlier this week, police released the name of the man who was killed—John Monroe, age 42. The names of the officers involved in the shooting were also released. They are Israel Villodas, hired in Oct. 2006; Keith Savadel, hired in January 2008; and Demario Harris, hired in January 2008.

In an interview for a previous story this month, Sgt. Eric Kowalczyk said that the Baltimore Police Department has two mandatory investigations for every shooting by a police officer. First, the Homicide Division makes a criminal investigation in conjunction with the State’s Attorney’s Office to determine whether the shooting was justified. Second, the department’s Professional Standards and Accountability Bureau investigates whether the department’s own policies and standards have been adhered to.

by Erik Zygmont

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