The Latest: Police say Baltimore shooting was not an ambush
(AP) – The Latest on Baltimore police fatally shooting a man who fired at them with an AR-15-style weapon (all times local):
Baltimore’s police commissioner says there is no evidence so far that a man who fired at four officers with an AR-15-style weapon had ambushed them.
Kevin Davis said at a news conference Friday afternoon that Dayten Ernest Harper shot at four police officers who ran in his direction after hearing gunfire Thursday night in West Baltimore. Two of the four officers returned fire, fatally wounding Harper. None of the officers was hurt.
Davis said Harper was 35. Online records for the Baltimore man say he was 33 years old.
The FBI sent a memo Thursday to law enforcement agencies throughout Maryland warning that members of a national gang had talked about ambushing police in the wake of last week’s attack in Dallas. The memo was first reported by The Baltimore Sun.
The commissioner says one officer was wearing a body camera but did not have time to turn it on when Harper started shooting.
Davis says investigators recovered several .223-caliber shell casings from the scene, ammunition he says could go through body armor that patrol officers wear.
Court records indicate that Harper was black. The department has not identified the two officers who shot Harper.
Baltimore police say officers responding to gunshots near an apartment building fatally shot a man who fired at them with an “AR-15-style” weapon, and no officers were wounded.
Police spokesman T.J. Smith said it’s unclear why the man began shooting late Thursday, adding no one came forward to say they were being “shot at.” Authorities didn’t immediately identify the man.
Smith said early Friday that four plainclothes officers in an unmarked car heard gunfire coming from the building on the city’s west side Thursday night. He says officers drove toward the sound and when they arrived, they saw a man shooting an “AR15-style” gun.
Smith says the man started firing toward the officers, and two returned fire with the suspect being struck at least once