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04-01-06, 04:00 AM #1Signal_W Guest
Baltimore Officer Remains In Critical ConditionBaltimore Officer Remains In Critical Condition
An unidentified man is taken into custody after an officer-involved shooting.
The Baltimore S.W.A.T. team patrols the street after an officer was shot twice in the chest.
Surgeons plan to operate again this weekend on a Baltimore City police officer who was shot multiple times Thursday afternoon.
Officer Dante Hemingway, 28, was shot at about 1 p.m. Thursday in Baltimore's Westport neighborhood. WBAL-TV 11 News reporter Darrielle Snipes reported the officer had undergone surgery since 2 p.m.
Baltimore City Police Commissioner Leonard Hamm held a press conference shortly after the hospital's first surgical procedure, saying doctors will again operate on Hemingway on Saturday. The officer remains in critical condition.
"His condition is critical, he is not out of the woods yet, but all the injuries that he sustained, those injuries have been repaired," Hamm said.
Hamm said the officer said "I am hurt, I am in pain" after the shooting.
The commissioner said the officer was shot in the neck, chest and stomach and the surgeons worked on "part of the heart, part of the lung, part of the kidney and internal injuries running diagonally across his chest."
WBAL-TV 11 News I-Team lead investigative reporter Jayne Miller reported the undercover officer was on duty, wearing civilian clothes, but it's unknown as to what kind of investigation he undertook in the neighborhood.
Hamm said the officer was not wearing a protective vest at the time, but he said that's not uncommon in the specialized police units.
Sources told 11 News Hemingway was confronted and jumped by a number of people at the scene. When the officer fired his service weapon, he struck a suspect in the leg before he himself was shot.
Both the officer and the man he shot were transported to Shock Trauma. Snipes reported from Shock Trauma that police escorted the ambulances to the hospital.
Hamm said police have a suspect in custody, identifying him only as the other man taken to Shock Trauma. As of the early afternoon, 11 News reported another person was in custody, and as of 3 p.m., police were not looking for more suspects.
"We had a person of interest earlier, he's no longer a suspect at this time," Hamm said.
SkyTeam 11 reported as many as 30 police units had canvassed the scene on Wilgrey Court. Miller reported police had rounded up a group of people earlier in the day and detained through 5 p.m. The circumstances as to why those people were taken into custody were unknown.
WBAL-TV 11 News reporter Kerry Cavanaugh reported police tape walled off Westport from south Baltimore for hours. Most of neighborhood began to open up shortly after 5 p.m. after police sealed off most of neighborhood during the investigation.
"(I heard) nine shots go off. Immediately, I knew someone was shooting, and immediately after the shots, police started coming in droves," said William Riddick, a Westport resident.
Miller reported SWAT officers responded to the crime scene as officers conducted a door-to-door search for Hemingway's service weapon. Hamm said the weapon has not yet been recovered. Officers removed some people from their homes so SWAT officers could perform a sweep of the area.
Police said Hemingway has served on the force for seven years, three years of which he served on the vice squad, which commonly handles gambling and prostitution cases.
Hemingway's mother and fellow officers, including a man whose life he saved, are with the officer at Shock Trauma. Shortly after Hemingway arrived at Shock Trauma, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley, top police and union officials arrived at Shock Trauma to monitor the conditions of the officer and the man shot.
Officer Dante Hemingway
04-01-06, 05:06 AM #2
God bless him and protect him and his family through this.
I have to say, even though I'm not an officer, that for some reason I was proud to see that photo of the SWAT officers out looking for his shooter."To the German commander: 'Nuts!' The American Commander" - General Tony McAuliffe, 101st Airborne Division
04-01-06, 05:38 PM #3
I'll keep him in my prayers for a quick recovery and that he'll be alright.
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04-01-06, 05:58 PM #4Cris1102 GuestOriginally Posted by Roses
04-01-06, 10:50 PM #5
I can't do this test when I am sober!
Respect My AUTHORITAE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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04-04-06, 08:47 PM #7
Just an update:
The shooter was caught by the first responding (Patrol) Officers as he hid near the scene. SWAT did a very fine job trying up some houses later on. OCD (Hemmingway's command) did a fine job executing search warrants looking for accomplices. Nice coordination of effort.
Hemmingway's gun was recovered by Patrol.
Here's part of an article relating to the ambush:
Sources Say Girl Took Part In Encounter
WBAL-TV 11 News I-Team lead investigative reporter Jayne Miller said sources describe Brittaney Johnson, 17, as the alleged mastermind of the plot to ambush Officer Dante Hemingway, 28.
Sources said her motive was jealousy because of a relationship Hemingway had with a woman, who is a close friend of Johnson. Sources said Hemingway may not even know Johnson or her connection to the woman he was seeing. Sources told Miller that Johnson allegedly posed as that woman last Thursday to allegedly lure Hemingway to an address in Westport.
Once Hemingway arrived at the house, which that turned out to be vacant, he was jumped and shot three times. He fired his police weapon 14 times, wounding the other suspect in the case, who police later identified as Jobray Lodge, 20.
On Friday night, authorities filed charged against Lodge, who police described as the triggerman. Sources said Lodge was allegedly recruited by Johnson to carry out the ambush.
Lodge appeared in court Monday wearing a hospital gown and using crutches. A judge ordered him held without bail.
Officers arrested Johnson early Monday morning, who will faces the same charges filed against Lodge, including attempted murder and robbery. Sources said robbery is the other part of the alleged motive.
Hemingway remains in critical condition Monday night at Shock Trauma. ...
Be careful out there folks, on and off-duty.
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04-05-06, 03:38 PM #8
Prayers for a speedy recovery and for a safe future.
Glad the officer was able to return fire. And looking at the previous posted picture, go figure, dread-locs and a white t-shirt! Not trying to stereotype, but where I work, that typically means problems!
This is why were never need to let our guard down. We have a Deputy here that had an attempted ambush against him at his home!
Stay alert, stay alive!Be careful whose feet you step on today, they may be attached to the ass you have to kiss tomorrow.
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