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Man faces 96 years in prison for shooting at police

Posted: 3:28 PM, May 11, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-11 19:28:49Z

A Baltimore man who shot at police during a foot pursuit was convicted of two first degree assault charges, firearms charges, and reckless endangerment.

On June 27, Barry Holman was approached by Baltimore City Police Officers Rico Perry and Courtney Wright at about 8:30 p.m in the 1600 block of Hazel Street in Curtis Bay. The officers had observed Holman smoking what they thought was marijuana and walking as if armed. Holman's postured led the officers to believe he was armed during their conversation, and when Wright attempted to detain Holman, Holman took off running. 

Footage from Perry's body camera and surveillance cameras showed Holman pull out a handgun and point it at the pursuing Perry. Perry hit the ground as Holman continued to run. Wright continued after him, turning the corner into an alley and found Holman a gun pointed at Wright. Holman fired two shots at Wright, who returned fire and dove to the ground. Perry eventually caught up to Holman and shot him. The two officers took cover then proceeded up the Alley to Holman, who took off again and dove into a car driven by two women. On Holman's request, they drove him to MedStar Harbor Hospital after he claimed he'd been shot.

Wright and Perry found Holman's gun in the alley, along with blood and several 9mm shell casings. Holman was located later at a local hospital and treated. 

“Anyone willing to shoot at a police officer is a danger to both themselves and others. Such brazen attacks on those who risk their lives each and every day to protect and serve our communities will not be tolerated,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “I commend Officer Perry and Officer Wright for their bravery and courage. Thank God this incident did not end differently.”

Holman faces a maximum sentence of 96 years in prison. He is scheduled for sentencing on June 19, 2018.