Police-involved shooting reported in NW Baltimore

BALTIMORE - A 15-year-old suspect in custody after a police-involved shooting around 9 a.m. Thursday.

Police blocked off the entire portion of Northern Parkway between the I-83 North exit and the Falls Road intersection, for a car crash that ended in a shooting. 

"All of a sudden, I heard a loud, 'Boom!' And because I live on Northern Parkway, I just assumed it was a car crash," said Judy Carrig, who lives across the street. 

It wasn't just a crash outside Carrig's front door.

According to police, two officers got word that the van in front of them was a stolen vehicle. When the van stopped, the officers initiated their emergency lights and got out to approach. That's when, police say, the driver put the van in reverse, and rammed the front of the police cruiser. One of the officers thought his partner was crushed in between the vehicles. 

"What's important to emphasize here, though, is that the discharging officer believed that his partner had been pinned between the two vehicles, and took that use of force as a last resort," said Lt. Eric Kowalczyk, a spokesman for the Baltimore Police Department.

Police said the officer fired at least one round at the minivan. The driver was not struck and no one else was injured. 

"I saw the gathering of the police cars and all of the people. I thought maybe it was some kind of accident that happened," said Naresh Thapa, who works at the Exxon across the street from the scene. Thapa said he worked through the night, and is shocked to hear what he thought was just an accident, was actually a shooting. 

Police said they have one person in custody following this incident. 

For neighbors and workers near the corner of Northern Parkway and Falls Road, it's a scary incident hitting too close to home. 

"I looked out of the window and there were many, many police cars and I saw them pulling someone out of a van and being arrested. So it was a bit shocking," said Carrig.

Police said the suspect has been charged with first- and second-degree assault charges along with associated motor vehicle theft and traffic violations. 

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