On Thursday, March 28, a call for shots fired resulted in a man being shot and wounded by police.
According to Baltimore Police Sergeant Eric Kowalczyk, at approximately 8:30 p.m., officers responded to the 6700 block of Danville Ave.
“When they got out of their vehicles, they were actually able to hear shots being fired,” said Kowalczyk.
The shots were coming from the rear of the block. When the officers investigated, Kowalczyk said, “they encountered the suspect, who was carrying a shotgun.”
One of the officers, later identified as Steven Angelini, a seven-year veteran of the force, shot him, Kowalczyk said.
The man was later listed as being in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries, he added.
Kowalczyk said that charges are pending against the man, who he declined to identify, and that the charges will be made public once the man is formally charged.
Discharging a firearm is illegal in Baltimore City.
“We’ve seen why it’s illegal with incidents in the Inner Harbor where rounds fired into the air have come down and injured somebody,” said Kowalczyk.
The shooting officer has been transferred to an administrative position for now. Kowalczyk said that a recently-instituted Police Department policy calls for a two-pronged investigation for every shooting by a police officer.
First, the department’s Homicide Division will be making 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.
Both investigations are mandatory for every police shooting, Kowalczyk said.
by Erik Zygmont