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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.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    I have been a Police Officer since the early 80's and its seems that more officer's of color are shot by their fellow police officers each year. I was not there so I only know what I read about the incident. I can't fathom a plain cloths officer pointing his weapon toward responding officers especially if his identification had been lost during the fight. 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. I don't think we are getting the whole story about this shooting. Was Officer Torbil given Verbal Commands, did they give him time to respond? I just wonder why it is more dangerous for a Black or Latino Officer to take enforcement actions in plain cloths then it is for a white officer. RIP Brother Torbit.

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    over 4 years ago



  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    "Commissioner: 41 Rounds, All Fired By City Officers." Dealing with an angry mob is a dangerous situation.

  • Img00039_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Godspeed to those who sacrificed.....Condolences to Family ,Friends, and Co Workers

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    This was a tragedy and a strong reason for adding cameras to cruisers. The lessons learned from this could save lives in the future.

  • Blue_ine_max50


    over 4 years ago


    First off, RIP to the officer killed and best wishes for a speedy recovery to the wounded officer.

    "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." Maybe YOU were asked to leave, because it was still an active crime scene...? Just my guess...

  • T192_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Rest in Peace Brother.

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    over 4 years ago



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  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max50_max50


    over 4 years ago


    God Bless Leo Torbitt and his family. There is nothing but bad things that will come out of this for everyone, so I holpe the cctv camera system was up and functional. Its never to late to say, be careful out there.

  • M_a6d52838fcaf76871a3f162b66e0b424_max600_max50


    over 4 years ago


    And the thin blue line, gets thicker and thicker.

  • Screen_shot_2011-04-10_at_8


    over 4 years ago


    Wow... I just can't get over the term friendly fire.

    Rest in peace brother, I will keep your family, friends, and department in my prayers. You will be missed sir. As for the other officers involved, my thoughts and prayers are with you in this tragic time. Stay strong.

  • Athens_2007_242_max50


    over 4 years ago


    May God give comfort to those involved in this tradgic loss. Rest in Peace Brother.

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    over 4 years ago



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