Baltimore Police Cleared in Fatal Shooting

State Attorney’s Office Finds “Probable Cause” of Serious Harm

Baltimore Police Cleared in Fatal ShootingThree Baltimore law enforcement officers, all still current members of the force, will not face prosecution for the death of a 35-year-old man on February 21, 2021. The officers were in pursuit of the victim, Benjamin Tyson, believing him to be a suspect in the shooting of a 23-year-old man earlier that night. When police approached him on the ramp of the Harbor Parking Garage, they say he pulled out a gun. They responded with gunfire, killing him almost instantaneously. Police believe that Tyson could not fire at the police officers because his gun had jammed.

The State’s Attorney’s Office conducted an extensive investigation of the case and concluded that the officers had “probable cause to believe their lives were in imminent threat of serious harm or death.”

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