Archives for August 2018

Police Officer Faces Investigation for Gun Incident


A Baltimore police officer is the subject of an internal investigation after a fire department dashboard camera caught him neglecting to follow up on allegations that a criminal suspect had thrown a handgun into some bushes in the downtown Baltimore area. Police officials later confirmed that a gun was found in the location where witnesses claimed it had been tossed.

According to Baltimore’s interim police commissioner, Gary Tuggle, the firefighters were on the scene near Lexington and St. Paul streets, when they called police. The officer under investigation was nearby, but refused to take any action when told about the firearm, telling the firefighters “this is not my district.” Tuggle said the officer’s statement, caught on the dashcam, is not consistent with department policy. “[T]his badge says ‘Baltimore City” and you’ve got a responsibility to serve any place in the city.”

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Suspect in Child Shooting Had Prior Convictions

Defendant Was Banned from Owning or Possessing Firearms


Baltimore police say at least one of the suspects in the shooting death of 7-year-old Taylor Hayes has three prior criminal convictions and could not legally possess a gun. Hayes, a second-grader, was riding in the back of a vehicle in southwest Baltimore on July 5 when she was struck in the back by a bullet. Police arrested the driver of the vehicle after finding a loaded gun, a digital scale and a quantity of heroin in the glove box of the car.

Witnesses sat the scene told police they believed that the fatal shots were fired from a white Mercedes. The alleged owner of that car was arrested on Friday, August 17. When police booked the suspect, they discovered that he had two prior drug convictions, as well as a conviction on first-degree assault.

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