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Charging Docs: Antonio Janifer shot BPD officer during struggle, after foot chase

Posted at 8:52 AM, Jun 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-02 16:20:04-04

BALTIMORE — The search for accused police shooter Antonio Janifer is over.

After nearly a week on the run and a $19,000 reward being offered for his arrest, Jannifer was taken into custody on June 1 in Prince George's County.

Janifer allegedly shot Baltimore Police officer Joshua Jackson in the abdomen on May 26, following a car chase and foot pursuit in Federal Hill.

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At about 9:25 p.m., officer Jackson spotted a Ford Crown Victoria driving erratically near the intersection of E. Pratt and Light Streets. When Jackson tried pulling the driver over, he sped away.

Shortly after, the suspect abandoned the car in the 900 block of Light Street and ran.

According to charging documents, Jackson gave chase and caught the suspect at the intersection of Light and Hamburg. Detectives wrote that Jackson and the suspect got into a brief struggle, which ended with Jackson being shot.

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WMAR-2 News reporter Jeff Hager initially reported that a business owner's camera showed Jackson catching up with the suspect and getting into a struggle before he was shot.

In a press conference later that day, Commissioner Michael Harrison denied there was any struggle, saying the suspect turned and fired as he was running from Jackson.

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Though charging documents make no mention of it, police confirmed the suspect crashed his car before the foot chase, and carjacked another vehicle to flee the scene after he'd shot officer Jackson.

According to court papers, Jackson identified Janifer as the shooter after detectives ran the license plate on the Crown Victoria, and he came back as the owner.

Police say Jackson never fired his weapon and that Jannifer used a 9mm semiautomatic to shoot Jackson. It's unclear if Janifer's gun was ever recovered.

Jannifer is being held at Central Booking and is awaiting an initial bail review. According to Harrison, Jannifer has previous felony convictions and is prohibited from having a gun.