BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Police sergeant who was seriously injured in last Monday's methadone clinic shooting was released from the hospital Sunday.
Billy Shiflett was rushed into surgery at Shock Trauma after he was shot in the line of duty on July 15.
It was around 7:09 in the morning when Shiflett responded to a methadone clinic in the 2100 block of Maryland Avenue, for a report of a man armed with a gun. When they arrived, officers were told by people outside that a man was inside the clinic and had fired a gun.
That's when police entered the building and 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.
On Sunday, police confirmed to WMAR-2 News that based off their investigation, both Shiflett and Miller were able to shoot back and kill Pinkney
Shiflett a designated "patrol rifleman" for active shooter type situations, was equipped with a tactical assault rifle style weapon at the time of the incident.
Police also revealed Sunday that Pinkney shot clinic phlebotomist David Caldwell inside the building before officers arrived. Caldwell later died at Shock Trauma.
In a tweet posted Sunday evening, Shiflett's district commander, Major Rich Gibson, said the 25-year veteran of the department is now at home resting comfortably.
Update on Sgt Bill Shiflett. This afternoon Sgt Shiflett was released from the hospital and is home resting comfortably. The outpouring of support from everyone was overwhelming. Please keep Bill and his family in your prayers as he continues to recover. @mayorbcyoung pic.twitter.com/1mko1jgImg— Rich Gibson (@MajorRichGibson) July 21, 2019
In line with a new departmental policy, a decision on whether or not to release body worn camera footage of the incident could come as early as Monday.