A police officer is fighting for his life after he was shot in the head in Baltimore on Wednesday.
NBC 12 reports that the still-unidentified homicide detective, an 18-year veteran of the force, was out on patrol in the West District when he was shot in the head. He was reportedly at the scene investigating a murder when he approached a person who was acting suspiciously. That person reportedly reached for a gun and shot him.
A fellow police officer began driving the injured officer to the hospital in a squad car but met with an ambulance along the way, and the officer continued to the hospital in the ambulance.
“Clack, clack, clack, clack – next thing you know every police officer in the West District showed up,” witness Rick Johnson told the news station.
The shooting suspect is still at large, and the office is in grave condition, clinging to life.
“”He’s really, really, really sick. We are doing everything we can to keep him stabilized and to take care of the injury to his brain,” Dr. Thomas Scalea, the chief of surgery at the hospital where the officer is being treated, told NBC 12.
Mayor Catherine Pugh and Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis gave a press conference outside of the hospital on Wednesday evening.
According to ABC 2 News, three agencies –FBI, the ATF, and Metro Crime Stoppers — have pooled resources to offer a combined reward of $64,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the person responsible for shooting the officer.
— FBI Baltimore (@FBIBaltimore) November 16, 2017
Authorities are relying on witness accounts as they do not have a complete description of the shooter.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.
[Feature image: ABC 2 News screenshot/Mayor Catherine Pugh]