Domestic dispute turned violent in West Baltimore

BALTIMORE - It took six hours for police to end a standoff with one of their own, but it only took a few seconds after officers arrived at the house on North Parrish Street before James Smith allegedly fired the shot that struck his girlfriend in the head.

Neighbors say Kendra Diggs, a bus operator with the Maryland Transit Administration, was making a domestic abuse report to another officer when the shot rang out.
 
"You shoot somebody who is outside---that is a snap," said Tina Hunter, one of the victim's neighbors, "There's something wrong.  You don't know what it is, but certainly people who are logically thinking don't do that."
 
A longtime friend, Hunter, says the couple had shared the home for several years and neighbors felt comforted by having an officer living on their block.
 
"We were thrilled because we felt safe and I was thrilled because the police station is right around the corner," said Hunter, "Anyone would be thrilled from the protection of having law enforcement, but when law enforcement turns on law enforcement, there's a problem."
 
Hunter says the couple had a child together---the four year old boy who shared James Smith's name who he ultimately turned over to police hours after the shooting.
 
"We have a four year old that's probably traumatized," said Baltimore City Police Commissioner Anthony Batts, "We have lost the life of our victim.  She has succumbed to her wounds.  We need to wrap around that family.  We need to secure the family within the police organization as a whole."
 
James Smith is being held with no bond on a first degree murder charge and a separate count of using a firearm in the commission of a violent crime.
 
More charges could be forthcoming.
 
 
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