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Shot BPD officer identified as Joshua Jackson, aka "Saint the Rappin Cop"

Officer Joshua Jackson, AKA "Saint the Rappin Cop"
Posted at 2:37 PM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 16:28:46-04

BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Police officer shot in the line of duty Tuesday night has been identified as Joshua Jackson.

Some may know him as "Saint the Rappin Cop," who's been nationally featured and nominated for a 2018 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy Award.

Jackson was shot in the abdomen following a car chase and foot pursuit of a suspect on Light Street in Federal Hill.

A car was driving erratically near E. Pratt and Light Streets, and Jackson tried pulling it over.

The driver sped away and crashed, leading to a foot pursuit and Jackson being shot. Jackson was released from the hospital a day later, but the suspect remains on the loose.

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In January 2019 on their social media platforms, the Baltimore Police Department spoke to Jackson about balancing both careers, while profiling his newest song "Made for This."

Of being a rapper, Jackson said it's his way of unwinding from patrolling the streets of Baltimore.

"Police work, I love it alright -- but it drains you mentally, physically, and emotionally, so when I get home music is the way I do it and I rap."

Made for This, according to Jackson is about overcoming.

"I rap about positivity, I don't rap about money, sex, drugs, none of that."

Can it be hard being a police officer and rapper?

"I wanna be that positive thing where everybody says yo, hes a cop but he also raps at the same time and you know what, he's not that bad at it."

When it comes to rapping, Jackson says "it gives [him] more respect, not street cred."

So if given a chance to only be one, a police officer or rapper -- which would he choose?

"I kinda want to do music and I wanna be a cop at the same time, I don't wanna give up either one so I just combine the two and become a rapping cop."

The night of his release from the hospital, Jackson posted the below message on his Facebook page.