Police: Officer shoots man in East Baltimore

BALTIMORE - Police are investigating an afternoon shooting involving a police officer in East Baltimore, according to a release from the department. 

At around 2 p.m. paramedics and additional officers were dispatched to the 1200 block of Ensor Street for an officer-involved shooting, according to Baltimore City police.

Caprice Miller, who lives in the neighborhood, saw the shooting alongside her 2-year-old son. 

“I’m grabbing him and I see them shooting," Miller said. "I didn’t know what to think or what to do. I just ran inside and started hugging my son. Like, it doesn’t make no sense. My son is 2 years old. He could’ve lost his life.”

In a later release, Baltimore police officials said officers stopped to talk to the man who was riding his bike at 2:09 p.m. At the time, they were in the 900 block of East Preston Street. 

According to the release:

One officer exited his vehicle, the suspect then attempted to flee the area on his bicycle and after falling off same fled on foot.  While the suspect was fleeing the officers observed a revolver in his possession, subsequently one of the officers fired at least one shot at the suspect.  The suspect was transported to an area hospital where he is in surgery and listed in critical but stable condition. Officers were not injured in this incident.  

The man was transported to a nearby hospital. His current condition is unknown. Neither of the officers involved were injured. 

So far, the man was not been identified by police.

On Friday evening, family members identified him as Robert Saunders, 22. They say hours after the shooting, they still had some big questions. 
 
"I want to know what's going on with my child and I want to know why they would shoot my son," Latasha Chavez, Saunders' mother, said.  
 
The family says Saunders has been in trouble with police before but not for any violent crimes.
 
They question investigator's claims that he had a gun, however, police say they did recover a revolver from the scene. 

The incident will be reviewed by the Professional Standards and Accountability Bureau and the Force Investigation Team as well as the Office of the State's Attorney, the release states. 

Stay with ABC2 News as we continue to learn more details.

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