BALTIMORE - Update: Police have identified the officer in the shooting as Officer Sherod Molock, 32, a 6-year veteran of the police force. Police say he had no prior police involved shootings.
Baltimore City police shot and killed a 22-year-old Devonte Bowman, of the 2500 Block of Edgecombe Circle North, Saturday morning because he appeared to be reaching for a gun.
According to police, at around 5:45 Saturday morning officers were called to a 7-11 on the corner of Reisterstown Road and W. Belvedere Avenue for a report of an armed man. When officers arrived they immediately identified Bowman, as he was described in the call, and confronted him. Bowman ran and officers chased him to the 5100 block of Arbutus Avenue.
The chase ended in front of 5107 Arbutus Avenue where Bowman ignored numerous commands from police including an order to drop his hands, police said. A 6-year veteran of the police force shot Bowman once as he reached into his pocket for what was later found to be a semi-automatic handgun.
Bowman was taken to Sinai Hospital where he died a short time later.
The officer who shot Bowman is on routine administrative leave which is customary in police involved shootings. Police said the officer’s identity will be released in 48 hours.
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