A Baltimore police officer was struck by a carjacked SUV in Northeast Baltimore near the intersection of Brendan Avenue and Juneway. The officer was injured, transported to a local hospital, and later released.
Police have two suspects in custody, a 18-year-old and a 16-year-old.
The suspects were traveling in the stolen vehicle when they observed a marked police car performing a traffic stop. As they drove away from the area, the vehicle struck a police officer attempting to exit an unmarked police vehicle. A second officer in the vehicle, who was not injured, pursued the suspects on foot.
Baltimore Police spokesperson Chief T.J. Smith said both officers are expected to be ok. One suffered minor injuries and did not need to be transported to a hospital. The other is being treated at a local hospital with an ankle injury.
"I don't care if they were hitting you or they were hitting the officers. They hit somebody. This officers were in plain clothes, but they hit these guys," Smith said.
According to police, the vehicle, a Saturn SUV, was carjacked on Monday. A replica handgun was recovered from the vehicle's passenger seat. Police also found property from burglaries and robberies including several electronics.
Robin Baker watched it happen.
"I was picking up a friend and the black car zoomed down, two cars after it a ranger truck, police car, came with them and one guy got out and ran," she said.
Police believe the suspects might have been involved in other violent crimes in the area. Smith said in the past 24 hours, there have been five incidents reported in the same general area: two burglaries and three robberies. He said detectives are investigating the incidents as being related.
"If you have that gun pointed to your head in the midst of something like this happening, you're not going to debate on whether it's real or fake and it looks real and it's a long-style replica firearm and it's very disappointing to see young people, once again, arming themselves with that," Smith said.
Smith said investigators are still searching for other suspects related to the burglaries and robberies. He said detectives believe there are at least two more suspect and they could be traveling in a carjacked or stolen vehicle.