Baltimore Police Shoot, Wound Man After Foot Chase

A Baltimore police officer shot and wounded a man after a foot chase and fight Thursday night, authorities said.

Deputy Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said Friday that an officer saw a van driving without headlights at roughly 9 p.m. When the officer tried to initiate a traffic stop, the van sped off and crashed nearby, Rodriguez said.

Two men and one male juvenile tried to flee on foot. Rodriguez said one person was immediately apprehended. A "violent struggle" ensued with one of the men and a female officer, who fired her weapon, wounding him in the stomach.

Police said the man managed to run away again, but was found a short time later on the porch of an abandoned house bleeding from the gunshot wound.

Rodriguez said Friday the man was listed in stable condition. A stun gun was used during the third arrest, Rodriguez said.

The man who struggled with the woman officer was 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds, Rodriguez said. He is a repeat offender with a criminal history, including gun and drug offenses.

"We have reason to believe this individual turned on the officer," Rodriguez said. "He is a documented, dangerous individual. The officer used that weapon in the immediate defense of her life."

Rodriguez did not identify the suspects or the officer involved in the shooting. The officer has not been placed on administrative leave.

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