Back seat passenger refused to assume the hands up, don’t shoot position.
Police said they have charged a repeat violent offender in connection with the shooting of a city police officer during a traffic stop near Mondawmin Mall in west Baltimore on Sunday night.
The incident started Sunday night when the suspect car was initially spotted by a different officer at a nearby gas station. Police said that officer smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car and called it in.
The car was pulled over a short time later by 27-year-old Officer Andrew Groman — a three-year veteran of the force — and five other officers, according to police. Surveillance video showed the car was surrounded by officers.
“They did a car stop on suspicious activity, and they walked up to the car,” said Police Commissioner Anthony Batts.
Police said the driver followed instructions, but 19-year-old Donte Jones, who was in the back seat, wouldn’t get out of the car and refused to show his hands.
“One officer advised him that if he didn’t comply he would be tased. At some point in time, there was the discharging of the firearm, and there was the firing of the Taser.
Exactly which event happened first is still under investigation,”
Baltimore City police Maj. Stanley Branford said. “We do know, however, that the suspect who was the only one who fired a weapon.”[…]
Jones’ court records show he served time for a weapons conviction in 2013 and was on supervised probation when he was arrested on gun and drug charges in June.
“This individual is a 19-year-old member of our community who, at the age of 19, is on parole, probation and has many contacts with the police. He is a violent, repeat offender. Many of his arrests were for gun violence,” Rodriguez said.[…]
Meanwhile, Batts said he hopes the shooting will get the same type of attention as the grand jury decisions in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases that have led to protests around the country.
“I’m not caught on the irony of the timing of the situation. We’ve had marches nationwide over the fact that we’ve lost lives in police custody. I wonder if we’re going to have the same marches as officers are shot, too,” Batts said.
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