By Donna Owens
BALTIMORE (Reuters) - Baltimore police and an armed man exchanged gunfire on a city street on Wednesday, leaving the man dead and one officer hospitalized, according to a department official.
At least two officers were on patrol in Northwest Baltimore when they encountered a man walking with a handgun, police said.
Shots were exchanged and the 32-year-old man was pronounced dead at an area hospital, police spokesman Detective Donny Moses said.
One officer was shot in the leg and was in stable condition at a local hospital, Moses said. The officer is a five-year veteran of the department.
Baltimore has seen a spike in gun violence and is nearing 300 homicides this year, according to crime data statistics.
(Editing by Victoria Cavaliere)