Simmering tensions between Baltimore police and residents came to a boil again Monday afternoon when a gunshot was fired during an arrest in Penn North.
A black man was fleeing from police officers near Pennsylvania and North avenues in West Baltimore when he pulled out a revolver and it went off, police said.
No one was injured, and no police officers fired their weapons, despite conflicting reports from people at the scene, Lt. Col. Melvin Russell said.
The man, who was not identified, was arrested for a gun violation and taken to a hospital “out of an abundance of caution,” police spokesman Sgt. Jarron Jackson said.
“He had no injuries on his body whatsoever,” Russell said.
The intersection was the main site of the riots a week ago on April 27 and subsequent protests over the death of Freddie Gray. Gray, 25, died a week after suffering an injury that occurred in police custody in the nearby West Baltimore neighborhood of Sandtown-Winchester.
His death set off weeks of peaceful protests that turned into riots last week. Six officers were charged last week in Gray’s death.
Source: Baltimore Sun |