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City Officer Shot in East Baltimore
Updated: Saturday, March 15 2014, 02:11 AM EDT
An off-duty Baltimore City Police officer is in critical condition after being shot in his truck in east Baltimore.
Police say the incident happened at around 7 p.m. in the 1900 block of Bel Air Road near North Avenue. The officer was sitting in his personal vehicle when someone approached and fired several shots into his car. The officer was struck multiple times.
"The officer, from all indications, was a bystander," said Deputy Police Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez.
The officer was taken to Shock Trauma where he is "stable for now, his condition is absolutely critical," said Doctor Thomas Scalea.
Police say witnesses have provided a "sketchy" description of the suspect and are waiting to release information until they get a more exact description.
When asked about the officer, Rodriguez said, "This has hurt us tremendously…he is a beloved long-time member of this department."
Police say they are not identifying the officer at this time.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake did meet with the family of the officer. She thanked the staff at Shock Trauma and asked for prayers for the officer.
The mayor ended her speech by saying, " We all know that Baltimore deserves better than this type of violence."