Batts Apprehends Shooting Suspect, Officer Responding Involved in Crash
Updated: Sunday, August 24 2014, 10:11 AM EDT
Police Commissioner Anthony Batts helped arrest a shooting suspect Saturday. The commissioner was on Belair Road, headed to a peace march in northeast Baltimore when he and other officers saw a man with a gun chasing another man.
According to Batts, he and the other officers got out of their car, confronted the man with a gun and took him into custody. He has been identified as 23-year-old Michael Thomas.
The other man, the victim, kept running until he collapsed a few yards away. Batts and the officers administered CPR and saw a gunshot wound to the lower left hand side of his back.
He was taken to a nearby hospital by paramedics. He was reported to be in stable condition Saturday evening.
"Unfortunately on a day where we're celebrating having unity, and doing a march, as part of the African-American community out here, we've had this. The good thing is we got the person in custody," Batts told FOX45
Officers were dispatched for the shooting to Cliftmont Avenue and Belair Road at 2:33 p.m.
Two officers responding to the scene at 2:36 p.m. were involved in a two-car accident in the 2800 block of Erdman Avenue.
According to police, the officer was driving on Erdman Ave. in a marked police car with the lights and sirens activated. A driver in another vehicle turned left in front of the police car and was hit.
The driver of the police car is a two-year veteran of the force and the passenger officer is a four-year veteran. Both were taken to area hospitals where the driver is in good and stable condition and the passenger has already been released.
The woman driving the other vehicle was also transported to a hospital and is listed in fair and stable condition.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call police at 410-396-2444.