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BPD body worn camera footage shows deadly encounter with armed man

Posted at 12:31 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 17:17:06-04

BALTIMORE — Baltimore Police on Tuesday released body worn camera footage from a deadly officer involved shooting on March 30.

Three Baltimore Police officers were working on a crime suppression detail in East Baltimore when they heard gunfire and responded to the 1800 block of N. Chester Street. Two groups reportedly got into an argument in the alley and a man getting shot in the leg.

Body worn camera footage shows that when the officers pulled up, there was a man laying in the street, a man standing next to him and a man, later identified as Etonne Tanyzmore, standing on the sidewalk holding a gun in his right hand while a woman walks up the steps to the house behind him.

As the officers get out of the car, Tanyzmore turns towards them with the gun still in hand. An officer yells, 'Drop the gun' before opening fire. All three shoot, killing him.

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Sgt. Joe Wiczulis makes his way over to the two men in the street, ordering them to the ground and asking the initial shooting victim if he was okay and who shot him. The man replies he doesn't know, but the other man indicated it happened in an alleyway. The video ends with Wiczulis running toward the alley, where no other suspect is found.

Police say they believe Tanyzmore and the initial shooting victim lived together, and are still investigating who shot him.

Commissioner Michael Harrison defended the officers actions in how they handled the situation involving an armed subject. He also reassured that his officers are working to apprehend criminals during the outbreak.

"When you’re dealing with an armed subject who’s firing a gun, you don’t ask questions, you try to save as many people and protect as many people as you possibly can from further harm," said Harrison. "What you saw there was officers engaging, putting themselves at risk to engage because there are still people who want to cause harm and we are still dedicated to removing them from the streets."

The department acknowledged that Wiczulis had been involved in three other deadly police involved incidents in the past, but was cleared in all of them.

Detectives Christopher Mumey and Daniel Pevarnik have been identified as the other two officers involved. All three have been placed on administrative leave, pending an internal investigation, which will include a look at all the officers' histories.

You can watch the entire video below.