Crime, Police/Fire

Officer shot in Federal Hill; suspect still at large, considered ‘armed and dangerous’

UPDATE 3: Janifer was arrested on Monday evening, June 1st.

UPDATE 2: Police are offering a $19,000 reward for information that leads to the capture of this suspect.

UPDATE: The suspect has been identified as 28-year-old Antonio Oliver Janifer.  He is considered armed and dangerous.

Original story below…

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BALTIMORE, MD—A manhunt is underway after a police officer was shot in Federal Hill on Tuesday night.

At just before 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, an officer with the Baltimore Police Department was on routine patrol when he spotted a vehicle that was driving erratically near the intersection of E. Pratt Street and Light Street. The officer believed the driver of that vehicle was possibly driving under the influence.

When the officer, identified as Officer Joshua Jackson, tried to stop the vehicle, the driver sped away.  The officer followed the vehicle into the 1000-block of Light Street, at which time the vehicle crashed and the driver bailed out and fled on foot.

A foot chase ensued and the suspect then fired upon the officer, striking him in the lower abdomen.

The officer was taken to Shock Trauma with a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

Police say the suspect is still at large and should be considered “armed and dangerous.”

Anyone with information about this incident and/or suspect is asked to contact the police or call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

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Officer Jackson is expected to be released from the hospital on Wednesday.

“We are deeply disturbed by the senseless shooting of a police officer last night in Federal Hill,” said Governor Larry Hogan on Wednesday. “Fortunately, the officer is in good condition, and state law enforcement stands ready to assist the investigation. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous. We urge any Marylander with information about this crime or its perpetrator to contact the police or call 1-866-7lockup.”

“Our public safety officials, and in particular our police officers, deserve our gratitude and thanks for placing themselves in harm’s way each and every day,” said Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young. “I have been in constant contact with Commissioner Michael Harrison, and we are both thankful to the men and women of the Baltimore Police Department.”

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