One man dead, another on the run after a police involved shooting

BALTIMORE, Md. - Crime scene tape blocks off a portion of Beaufort Avenue in Park Heights.

"I was walking down the street and all I heard was the gunshots going off, pow pow pow pow, and I stopped cuz I ain't want to get shot," said neighbor Heights MC.

Evidence markers and an empty cop car mark the spot where an officer on patrol stumbled upon two men firing at each other just before 4PM Sunday.

"He rolled up into this, what we believe to be a fight, an active shootout between these individuals," said Deputy Commissioner with Baltimore Police Jerry Rodriguez.          

Police tell us both men had guns so the officer jumped out of his car and took cover.  He then tried to gain control of the gun fight.  We're told he fired numerous rounds, striking one of the men.

"The suspect, who's gun is on the ground, was hit multiple times and was taken to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries," Rodriguez said.

That man has been identified as 30-year-old Eric Harris.  Investigators say the officer who pulled the trigger is a two-year veteran of the force.  Based on the bullet casings found at the scene, police tell us the other man involved is most likely armed.  He's on the run.       

Neighbors say the violence is getting out of hand.

"It's just so sad that there's so much crime and stuff happening out here, people getting killed like that, and it's really scary to me because it's right on my block," said neighbor Caroline Reid.

"The kids can't even play safely in the street without gunshots and all this violence and stuff,” MC said.

"It's unfortunate that we have to see these types of incidents over and over again in Park Heights, but we really need to do something about it," said Will Hanna with the New Park Heights Community Development Corporation.

Police say the officer involved is on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation.

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