BALTIMORE — Baltimore Police are in the midst of a manhunt for the people who shot at several police officers late Monday night.
Baltimore City Police Commissioner Michael Harrison addressed the violent car and gun fight that happened in West Baltimore.
The commissioner said they are following a “promising lead”.
The officer is healing— he wasn’t shot but was sent to shock trauma as a precaution.It started with a shotspotter alert on Edmondson Avenue.
When police arrived they say they attempted to pull over a vehicle and were shot at. The driver and at least one other person drove of and shot at cops again when they got to this bridge at West Lafayette Ave.
Smashing police vehicle windows but not hitting any of the officers.
“It speaks to the brazenness of today’s violent offender, firing at our police officers,” Harrison said. “They continue to come to work everyday, show bravery and professionalism, which they did last night.”
The shootout ended right next to 83-year-Clinton Walkers home.
“Why they doing this, trying to terrorize people I guess?” Walker said. “Scare people I guess? They are shooting at police. Police are our protection you don’t gotta shoot the police.”
The President of the Baltimore City Police Union Michael Mancuso took to Twitter saying.
"Last night's shootout btw BPD officers and violent criminals in the WD is indicative of a city overrun by violence. Our brave officers are working with seriously reduced manpower per shift and a Commissioner who has zero ability to lead in the midst of such violence"
The commissioner chose not to respond.
“It would be quite immature and irresponsible for me to say something about somebody who’s not here to defend themselves. That’s the maturity I choose to operate by and to lead by.”
Harrison didn’t offer a vehicle description at the time but says they need the communities help.
If you know or heard anything call police or you can leave an anonymous tip with Metro Crime Stoppers at (866) 756-2587.