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Sergeant shot in line of duty at methadone clinic released from hospital

BPD command staff and Shock Trauma physicians speak out on Sgt. Shiflett's release from the hospital.jpg
Posted at 3:30 PM, Jul 21, 2019

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.

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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.

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.