Police: Man who refuses to show his hands is shot in the leg

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Posted: Sep 28, 2015 10:50 PM

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore police officer shot a man in the leg Monday night after the man repeatedly refused commands to show his hands, a department spokesman said.

The shooting occurred about 7:10 p.m. in the Morrell Park community in the southwestern part of the city, police spokesman T.J. Smith said.

Smith said the officer was on his way to a community meeting in the area when he stopped at an intersection to speak to the man.

The man refused to take his hands out of his pockets when the officer demanded that he show them, Smith said.

During the encounter the officer shot the man once in the leg, Smith said. He then immediately applied a tourniquet to the leg and made sure the man was taken to a hospital.

A spokeswoman at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center said the man, 40, was in serious condition.

Smith said it had not yet been determined what happened immediately before the officer fired the shot.

"A lot of people have a lot of questions," he said.

No weapon was found on the man, who is white, Smith said. The officer who shot him is black. Neither one was immediately identified.

Baltimore erupted in riots in the spring after the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who sustained a spinal injury in police custody.

Monday's shooting happened on the eve of a court hearing for the six Baltimore police officers charged in Gray's death.