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Officers, suspect in deadly police-involved shooting identified

Posted at 10:24 AM, Sep 25, 2018

Officials have identified the officers and the suspect involved in a deadly police-involved shooting on Sunday. 

Interim Baltimore City Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle said the officers, later identified as Officer Phillip Lippe and Officer Steven Foster, were conducting uniformed crime suppression in and around the 800 block of Vine Street when the incident occurred.

RELATED: Officer wounded, suspect dead following shootout

Both officers shot at 29-year-old Nathaniel Sassafras, but the details surrounding the shooting are still unclear. Sassafras was hit and died on Sunday. 

Officer Lippe, a three-year member of the police force, was shot but was released from the hospital on Monday. The other officer with him, Officer Foster, has been on the force for five years. 

Officer Lippe and Foster were wearing and had activated their body cameras, but one of them was shot and damaged during the shootout. The camera is being sent to Axon to get the data on it. 

Police said they will make the decision to release the footage once they have had a chance to review it in its entirety. 

WMAR-2 News did a Maryland Case Search on Sassafras and saw he has previously faced murder, handgun, and other related charges.