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by Peter Moskos

January 23, 2009

Baltimore Officer Shot -- In Critical Condition

This terrible news just in at 10:30pm from the Sun:
A Baltimore police officer is in critical condition at a hospital tonight after being shot in the Seton Hill neighborhood, officials said.

The plainclothes officer was on duty in the 500 block of Orchard St. about 8 p.m. when he was shot in the face, said Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman. A police officer returned fire, she said, but it is not known whether the wounded officer, who was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, was accompanied or alone.

Shortly after the shooting, a person with a gunshot wound went to a hospital, Monroe said. Police are investigating to see whether there is any connection with the police shooting.

[update, 10:42pm: I just spoke to a friend of mine. He said word from Shock Trauma is that the officer should live, but did take a bullet in the jaw.

Also, I don't know the shot officer. Of course that shouldn't really matter. But, of course, it does matter to me. Regardless, I wish him and his family the best in what will not be an easy road to come. I'm with you.]

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