BALTIMORE – Baltimore police are conducting a manhunt on Thursday while a homicide detective who was shot in the head the previous evening remains on life support.
The detective, an 18-year veteran with the Baltimore Police Department who has not been identified, was following up on a homicide investigation on the city’s west side at about 5 p.m. when he saw a man engaged in suspicious activity, the police department said. The detective was shot in the head soon after he approached the man, police said. It is not clear if the detective returned fire.
The detective is on life support, the police department said Wednesday night.
At a news conference Wednesday night, Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with our detective, with his wife, with his two children as he continues to fight for his life. He is in very, very grave condition right now.” The police commissioner, who described the shooter as “cold and callous,” was joined by Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby and Mayor Catherine Pugh.
Police have not released any official updates on his condition Thursday.
The FBI’s Baltimore office said the agency and its federal partners are offering a $60,000 reward for information about the shooting.
The detective is the second police officer to be shot in Baltimore this month. Tony Mason, a 40-year-old sergeant with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C. who lived in Baltimore, was killed on Nov. 4 while off-duty. He was sitting in a car early that morning with a woman who was shot in the leg and survived. Police are investigating those shootings as a possible domestic incident. That suspect also is still at large. There is a $10,000 reward for information about the shooting of the sergeant.
Baltimore police have tallied 308 homicides this year – so far. This year will be the third in a row in which more than 300 people were killed in the city.
Chicago, the nation’s murder capital. surpassed 600 homicides this week. The total stands at 603 as of Thursday afternoon, according to data maintained by the Chicago Tribune.