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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.

  • Att00001_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest in Peace...Stay Alert Stay Alive

  • Airplane_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest In Peace Officer Torbit.

  • Officer_2520down_2520cop_max50


    over 3 years ago


    rest in peace, so tragic

  • Ralphie_max50


    over 3 years ago


    RIP MY FELLOW BROTHER.. But I have a few questions. Explain to me How in Gods name does a fellow officer shoot at his own. They said the officer shield and other identification fell of . I guess shield patch got torn off and his gun belt better yet i guess perps wear police uniforms and respond to officers call for back up. Are you joking me!!!!!!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    R.I.P Officer Torbit.

  • In_remembrance_of_oakland_pd_max50_max50_max50_max50_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest In Peace Officer Torbit, May the good Lord comfort your family at this most trying time.

  • Angel_kincaid_park_2014_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest in peace Officer Torbit, Godspeed Sir
    Prayers go out to all officers involved

  • Sfa_iv_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Sad. RIP and A pryer for the family.

  • 2011_pics_067_max50


    over 3 years ago


    RIP brother.

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest in peace, Officer Torbit.

  • Rob___i_max600_max50


    over 3 years ago


    R.I.P Officer Torbit an God Speed for a full an quick recovery for the injured officer

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    How does all identifying markings AND your badge come off in a scuffle? like your ironed on patches? It is a shame and RIP this was definitely a mess!

  • Jeffrey_new_pic_max50


    over 3 years ago


    that is messed up,RIP to the officer killed and I cant believ the off duty police officer shooting a war vet Its people like that who give police a bad name.

  • Img00015-20101105-1530_max50


    over 3 years ago


    rip in peace

  • Uniphone1_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest in Peace, and God Bless!!

    "Stay in the Fight"

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