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Acting Commissioner to BPD: remain focused

Gary Tuggle replaces De Sousa as commissioner
Posted at 5:44 PM, May 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-14 18:00:01-04

It has been a tumultuous few days for the Baltimore Police Department.

On Thursday Commissioner Darryl De Sousa was charged federally for not filing his taxes and a day later, the mayor suspended him and put his deputy commissioner in charge.

RELATED: Pugh puts Commissioner De Sousa on paid suspension following federal charges

Now Acting Commissioner Gary Tuggle made his first crime scene in his new role Monday afternoon in a quadruple shooting at Etting and Presstman Streets in West Baltimore.

Police say all the injuries appear to be nonfatal although one man is in critical condition.

On Friday evening the acting commissioner sent out an email to his entire agency telling them to remain focused and that their efforts do not go unrecognized.

Answering questions at Monday’s scene about his first day on the job, Tuggle says he will rely on his roots in Baltimore to guide the department.

"Well the fact that I was once a police officer here, I know the geography so I know the city,” Tuggle said, “I was born and raised on the east side of Baltimore so I understand some of the crime problems. Growing up in that area was very much like other places in the city that had crime so I think my overall experience will be a benefit to it."

Tuggle was made a deputy commissioner under De Sousa back in March.

He started as a Baltimore Police officer but also has many years at the DEA.

Tuggle says he intends to continue with the crime plan he says has shown some progress and that includes predictive policing which is set to launch next month.

Take a look: Baltimore police trying to stop crime before it happens

We asked the mayor's office on the future of Darryl De Sousa, how his suspension will actually work and if Mayor Pugh sees him as a viable option to return as commissioner, but we have yet to receive a response.