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BPD sergeant returns to duty, nearly year after being wounded in line of duty

Billy Shiflett
Posted at 9:38 AM, Jul 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-08 09:44:28-04

BALTIMORE — Nearly a year after being wounded during an active shooter incident, Baltimore Police Sergeant Billy Shiflett has returned to full duty.

It was around 7:09 in the morning on July 15, when Shiflett was called to a methadone clinic in the 2100 block of Maryland Avenue, for a report of a man armed with a gun. When he arrived, people outside said a man inside fired a gun.

That's when Shiflett and a couple other officers encountered 49-year-old Ashanti Pinkney, who began shooting at them.

During the exchange Shiflett was struck, and was later pulled to safety by officer Christopher Miller.

Police later confirmed, both Shiflett and Miller were able to return fire killing Pinkney.

It was also revealed Pinkney had shot clinic phlebotomist David Caldwell inside the building before officers arrived. Caldwell later died at Shock Trauma.

In February, the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office released a detailed report on how the entire incident unfolded including still photos captured by police body worn cameras. Prosecutors say a manifesto was found on Pinkney following the shootout.

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A 25-year department veteran, Shiflett spent a week in the hospital and underwent multiple surgeries during his road to recovery.

The Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police tweeted out this statement on Shiflett's return.