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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.

  • Brotherhood_badge_with_black_ribbon_max160_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest In Peace Officer Torbitt. Some our night clubs get very violent during closing time. Officer Torbit, who was on duty but in plain clothes had the best of intentions to help his fellow officers in stopping a disturbance. However, he was attacked by mutliple subjects and fired his gun. Responding officers saw him firing his gun and thought he was one of the bad guys. Such a sad situation for all around.

  • Untitledma28839986-0002_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest in Peace Brother. Prayers for a full and speedy recovery to the injured officer.

  • Eod_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest In Peace, Brother...

  • 12235_sq90_max50


    over 3 years ago


    RIP Brother. GOD be with you and yours.

  • Bdulrge7old_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest in Peace Officer...

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    About as bad as it gets (friendly fire). In concur with Robocop33 -- praying for family and colleagues of downed officer and for the recovery of wounded officer. What a mess of an investigation this must be.

  • 1979_max50


    over 3 years ago


    No real information here. An Officer lost his life and another wounded. No matter what my prayers and thoughts go out to the family of the deceased Officer and to the Officer and family of the wounded Officer for a quick and complete recovery. I want more information before I say anything else.

  • 101_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Very sad. Rest in Peace Brother

  • Cpu_2010_max50


    over 3 years ago


    How sad is this. I pray that the officer that was killed was not gunned down by his own men. RIP brother. We will be there for your family and family of blue. Prayers to the injured officer and a speedy recovery as well.

  • Jack_bauer_max50


    over 3 years ago


    rafael, I think I read elsewhere he was plainclothes, probably no raid jacket or anything else on. I think in a big public mess like that, I would respond with at least a outer vest or raid jacket. Let the fight go on for a few seconds, it might be worth your life.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    Rest in Peace and a speedy recovery for the other officer. God Bless you all.

  • Cpusey-001_max50


    over 3 years ago



  • Photo_user_banned_big


    over 3 years ago


    I see a long... Long... and painful investigation before any conclusions can be reached.
    R.I.P. Brother.

  • Win_20140410_232326_max50


    over 3 years ago



  • Thin_blue_line_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rip Brother, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and the officers involved.

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