Man Charged in Downtown Shootout

Police officer shot while questioning suspect

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    A 30-year-old man has been charged in a warrant with attempted murder in the shooting of a Baltimore police officer on a busy downtown street.

    Franklin Gross is under police guard at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. He'll be arrested and formally charged once he's released.

    Police say officers approached Gross on Calvert Street early Saturday because Gross appeared to be armed. Gross fled and fired at the officers, who returned fire. One officer was shot in the chest and is expected to recover. Police say they're not releasing his name at this point because he's the victim of a crime.

    Gross faces charges including attempted murder, assault and handgun offenses.

    Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says the officer was shot in the chest early Saturday as he approached someone who appeared to be armed. The officer is expected to recover.

    Police commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld says the suspect ran away and exchanged gunfire with other officers. The suspect was shot in the leg.

    Guglielmi says the man made it to a car but crashed it up the road. Then he got into another car with at least two other suspects and was later arrested at a hospital where he was seeking treatment.

    Guglielmi says the man will be charged when he is released from the hospital. Two others will likely be charged as accomplices.