University officer involved in off-campus Baltimore shooting

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Posted: Jun 05, 2015 7:40 PM

BALTIMORE (AP) — A university police officer in Baltimore shot and wounded a man who was reported to be carrying a knife on campus Friday, authorities said.

The man is being treated at a hospital for what was believed to be a non-life-threatening injury to a leg, said Sgt. Jarron Jackson, a Baltimore Police spokesman.

Police from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, searched for the man after a 911 call shortly after 1 p.m. reporting an armed person on campus, Jackson said. The officers didn't immediately find anyone, and canvassed the area in marked patrol cars. Additional 911 callers also reported seeing a man holding a knife, Jackson said.

Two uniformed university officers found the man nearby, off campus.

"He was observed openly wielding a knife," and then reached into his waistband, Jackson said. Officers were concerned about the knife and believed the man might be reaching for a gun, Jackson said, and at least one officer fired.

Police have the knife, Jackson said. Asked if a gun was recovered, he said officers were investigating.

The Baltimore Police Department was not involved in the shooting, but its detectives were investigating the university officers' decision to fire, Jackson said.

A university spokesman confirmed the shooting, but referred other questions to police.

"The shooting was by one of our officers," said Alex Likowski, the spokesman. "The shooting happened off campus, but as a result of an investigation that started on campus."

Witnesses were urged to contact investigators. The shooting took place on the south side of downtown, near the Baltimore Orioles' and Ravens' stadiums and commuter routes in and out of the city.

"A lot of people were driving by," Jackson said. "We know that this person was walking around with a knife. We know that people called 911. We know there are witnesses."