One man was killed and two were injured in a shootout that involved police in West Baltimore on Monday night, though details on what led to the shooting were still being determined Tuesday morning.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts spoke near the scene of the shooting, which happened about 10 p.m. in the 2700 block of Edmondson Avenue, a busy commercial corridor. He said police on foot patrol came upon multiple men who were inside a car firing weapons in a "particular direction" and police then opened fire on them.
"In this scenario, we have people who were firing rounds, trying to kill another human being, and officers engaged them in a very courageous manner," Batts said during his statements Monday night.
Anthony Guglielmi, a police spokesman, confirmed one of the men was killed and two were injured by police fire in the incident. He did not know the condition of the two injured but said their wounds were not considered life threatening. No officers were injured.
At the scene, a beige sedan was riddled with bullet holes. Two handguns were recovered from the vehicle.
Guglielmi said charges are pending against the two injured men, who remained in an area hospital Tuesday. Police have not yet been able to identify the man killed, and were in the process of running his fingerprints through criminal databases.
Batts noted he has assigned extra officers to patrol the Western district after a spike in homicides there this year.
"We're seeing our felony arrests go up, we've seen our gun seizures go up, and they're taking on some tough characters in tough areas," Batts said of police.
Batts said the spike in violence in West Baltimore this year is "the same thing that goes on in West Baltimore every year."
The eight other police-involved shootings in the city this year have wounded nine people, two of whom died. Last year, there were 15 police-involved shootings that wounded 15, nine of whom died.