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Two Baltimore County officers hit by car while trying to arrest suspect in city

Officers were part of Warrant Apprehension Task Force
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Posted at 12:21 PM, Mar 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-01 16:02:48-04

BALTIMORE — Two Baltimore County officers were hit by a car while trying to arrest a suspect in Baltimore City on Friday.

According to Baltimore County Police spokesperson Jen Peach, around 10:50 a.m. three units carrying officers as part of a Warrant Apprehension Task Force were trying to arrest a wanted man in Baltimore City. The officers were following a white Kia they knew the suspect was a passenger in and tried to pull it over in front of St. Agnes hospital.

Monday, Baltimore County Police identified the man who was the target of the Warrant Apprehension unit as 30-year-old Jamell William Smith, of the 1900 block of Green Gage Road of Baltimore.

Police say in an effort to make the arrest, detectives in an unmarked minivan pulled in front of the suspect car to make them stop. When the three officers got out to make the arrest, the suspect car sped forward, hit two of the officers, and then went up on the curb, driving around the van.

After the two officers were hit, all three officers were able to grab their guns and fired shots at the Kia, shattering the rear window.

Police say they then called for more help, including air support, while the suspect car drove away. Officers later found the car in the 300 block of Melvin Ave but nobody was inside.

They were able to find and arrest Smith nearby on Melvin Avenue, but the driver of the car is still on the run. The identity of the wanted suspect and the driver have not been released at this time.

Police are investigating to see how many shots were fired by officers in front of the hospital.

Both of the officers that were hit by the car had to be treated at St. Agnes hospital for minor injuries.