The Baltimore Police Department is investigating a police-involved shooting on the 3400 block of Piedmont Avenue that took place at around 1:20 p.m. on Wednesday.
Three plain clothes officers, working as part of the Ceasefire squad looking to get illegal firearms off the street, stopped three adult males inside a sports utility vehicle on 3400 Piedmont Ave.
Two officers, dressed in street clothes but wearing tactical vests with "POLICE" on the front and back, started to approach the vehicle when the driver began reversing. The vehicle hit one of the officers in the leg and tore off the door of their unmarked car. Both officers opened fire, striking the driver in the neck, police said.
The driver is currently in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and is set to be released and taken into custody, police said. The other two suspects have already been taken into custody.
Michael Gray, a city employee who said he is a neighbor of the victim, was around the corner from the scene when he started hearing shouts.
"We kept hearing, 'Put your hands up, put your hands up,' and they just start falling off with shots," he said.
Gray said he rounded the corner and saw officers pulling the wounded driver out of the car, telling him "Stay with me, stay with me, stay with me!"
Gray said the driver yelled to neighbors, "Tell my mother and them I don't think I'm gonna make it. I don't think I'm gonna make it."
"The ambulance and all came," Gray said. "he was still laying in the snow and everything, just sitting right there, laying in the snow and police holdin' the side of his neck."
Officers found drugs and a handgun inside of the vehicle. The type and amount of drugs were not specified.
Believing the suspect to be dead, a young woman, who declined to give her name, cried and said, "He was my heart. He was a good person, my kids loved him." She said she was close with the victim and added, "There was no reason to shoot him."
Police have not released the names or ages of the suspects. However, they stated that all three suspects were known to law enforcement.
The case is still under investigation, police said.