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Officer Killed, Another Wounded After Possible Friendly Fire

Officer Killed, Another Wounded After Possible Friendly Fire

Baltimore police stand near the scene where an early-morning shooting occurred Sunday, in Baltimore. A police officer and another man died after shots erupted early Sunday outside a Baltimore nightclub where a fight broke out, leaving one other officer an

Associated Press

January 09, 2011

BALTIMORE (AP) — A fight at a Baltimore nightclub spilled onto the street early Sunday and led to an eruption of gunfire that killed a police officer and another man and left four people hurt, police said.

One of those wounded also was a police officer, who was shot in the leg, said police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. Investigators were trying to determine if officers may have fired on a fellow officer whose badge and other identifying markings came off his uniform during the scuffle, he said.

No arrests have been made, but dozens of people were being questioned, Guglielmi said.

Authorities said officers arrived at the Select Lounge to find a large fight and called for backup. Investigators still weren’t sure if anyone besides officers had fired their weapons.

“It was a pretty significant fight from what we understand. A large fight and a number of officers responded,” Guglielmi told The Associated Press. “It ultimately spilled outside into the parking lot.”

The police spokesman said the dead officer was 33 and an eight-year veteran of the department but said he likely wouldn’t be identified until Monday. He also did not give the name of the other male victim.

Guglielmi said the second officer was shot in a leg and was expected to recover. The others wounded also were not identified, but the spokesman said they were in their 20s.

Meanwhile, investigators were at the club trying to piece together events.

“We have a lot of ground to cover, a lot of people to talk to,” he said.

At dawn Sunday, police tape surrounded the block of Select Lounge. No one answered when a reporter knocked on the door and police asked a reporter and photographer to leave.

Police tape also surrounded a parking lot containing about 25 cars and lay in the foyer of the club. The club is in a mixed industrial and residential area not far from the hospital where victims had been taken.

A valet parking sign for the club was knocked down, but there were no readily apparent signs of shots fired.

Sunday wasn’t the first time the city’s nightlife has been rocked by shootings. In March, two people were shot outside the Velvet Rope nightclub when a fight inside the club spilled onto the street.

And on June 5, off-duty police officer Gahiji A. Tshamba was out in a neighborhood known for its nightlife when authorities say he shot and killed an unarmed Iraq war veteran. Police say Tshamba and Tyrone Brown had gotten into a heated argument when Tshamba shot Brown 12 times with his department-issued Glock handgun. Tshamba has been charged with murder.

Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • Images_5__max50


    over 3 years ago


    Very tragic! God Bless the fallen officer and all involved...

  • Cb46b4bfa58cfbd6_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Bad deal all around

  • Dhs_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest In Peace, Brother.

  • 12235_sq90_max50


    over 3 years ago


    RIP Brother, GOD be with you and yours. I prey for a speedy recovery and return to full duty for the hurt Officer.

  • Car_004_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I think a few need to read the story again before spouting off. The officers involved feel bad enough without the rants of a few. Lets wait for the investigation to play out. God Bless ALL Officers involved and Lord Bless Our Fallen Brother and his family. RIP Brother and a full and speedy recovery to the injured officer. There is not enough info here to draw a conclusion and seeing I am not part of the investigation I guess I will just have to wait to comment further

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Sorry tmenton that you missed my point and I would certainly be lucky to be alive if I was not behind cover with my weapon at the ready. I apologize to you for not spelling out the obvious.

  • 129_max50


    over 3 years ago


    What the H*** are they doing shooting inside a crowded Night Club for?? Academy 101 DO NOT FIRE IN A CROWD....Damn I hope That the Officers get suspended with out pay thats not right Now on officer is dead and a family has to deal with that lose God Bless that officer that was taken from us so soon.There has been to many Bull S*** killings of Police officers over stupid things Like Chief Painter In Rainier,Oregon And the senseless killings of the 4 Officers in Lakewood Washington.And now we have cops killing cops athough an Accedent. Damn it Pay Attention out there.

    U.K Baltimore Officer E.O.W Jan 9th 2011

  • Kimber_ultra_cdp_max50


    over 3 years ago


    This is so sad. How can we prevent this from happening again ?

  • V_curts_clothes_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Heartbreaking. I know the shooting officers are broken up. God bless all the survivors and also the officers who are dealing with this tragedy.

  • Rcmp50_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Not good. Rest in Peace Brother.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Rest in Peace, Officer Torbit. We're losing too many of our best lately.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    My mind is boggled by Viclaroy's comments "I have came upon several suspects in my long career that I could have used deadly force against, that had a weapon in there hand, that had also fired off rounds but I didn't because they did not point the weapon at me." Sir, you're lucky to be alive. Any form of current and decent street survival training will teach you that if a suspect with gun in hand wants to fire at you, he will easily do so before you have time to react. Action beats reaction, almost every time.

    That being said, this is a tragic situation. My heart goes out to those friends and families involved. RIP Officer Torbit.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    This is truly a tragedy. All information as of this point indicates that the plainclothes officer was on the ground with arms extended per witnesses living across the street. Five uniformed officers fired a total of 41 shots. The plainclothes officer and a civilian were killed and another officer was hit in the leg. Investigation is continuing.

  • Watchmen-smiley_max50


    over 3 years ago



  • Policememorial---a_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest in peace Officer Torbit, may God welcome you home with open arms and may He comfort the loved ones you leave behind.

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