A BPD officer dragged by a car 2 blocks is now in good condition; 36-year-old accused – CBS Baltimore
BALTIMORE (WJZ) –A Baltimore police sergeant who was dragged two blocks by a car Tuesday night following a traffic stop is out of surgery and in fair condition, Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said.
Joseph Daniel Black, 36, was arrested Wednesday morning in connection with the case, and Harrison said he confessed to injuring the officer.
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After being taken to Shock Trauma for treatment on Tuesday evening, the officer was listed in critical condition and is believed to be on life support.
Officers responded to the 1600 block of Druid Hill Avenue around 7:30 a.m. for a “possible barricade situation,” Harrison said, and the scene was secured about four hours later, and Black was arrested without incident.
Parts of two roads were closed near a townhouse at this address and the entire area was cordoned off by SWAT teams.
The officer, a 27-year-old veteran, was injured around 8 p.m. Tuesday in the 5200 block of Park Heights Avenue in northwest Baltimore.
Harrison said Wednesday the officer stopped the vehicle for a traffic violation. Approaching the vehicle, the officer saw that the driver was armed.
The officer gave verbal orders to the driver to get out. When that didn’t work, the officer reached out the window and attempted to physically remove the man, Harrison said.
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The driver accelerated, dragging the officer, who was still partially inside the vehicle, Harrison said.
At one point he fell out of the window, Harrison said. The driver hit another car on the way before fleeing.
Witnesses told WJZ they ran towards the officer as he lay in the street and all they could see was an officer surrounded in blood.
“As we said last night, the sergeant was right where he was supposed to be doing exactly what he was supposed to be doing,” Harrison said. “He put himself in harm’s way to make sure citizens are protected, to catch people committing acts of violence, and to help create a safer Baltimore.”
Speaking on Wednesday, Harrison called Black a violent repeat offender, saying he was arrested at least 19 times as an adult.
Mayor Brandon Scott said community leaders in Park Heights often complain about criminal activity in the area where the traffic stop was made. The mayor grew up in the neighborhood.
Scott, who grew up in Park Heights, said the officer engages in the kind of proactive policing that many residents say the department misses.
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“And what was supposed to be normal duty put this officer in traumatic shock,” the mayor said.