Baltimore City police officer suspected in York (Pa.) shooting

YORK, Pa. - A Baltimore City police officer is in custody, charged with shooting a man near York, Pennsylvania.

The officer lives in the apartment complex outside York, where the shooting happened.

Tuesday evening, officer John Torres was led in handcuffs from a district court building to a waiting police cruiser.

Charging documents indicate the shooting happened when Torres was on his way to work and already in uniform. He's charged with attempted homicide and aggravated assault.

The victim, 34-year-old David Hohman, was shot six times in the torso and arm, but is expected to survive.

Torres carried 14 rounds for his glock and it was "emptied," according to court documents. Court documents state the two men were in a dispute over Hohman's wife. Torres told investigators that Hohman was upset over text messages his wife sent to Torres. The documents say Hohman sent threatening text messages to Torres earlier that day threatening him in regards to a 'relationship he had with Hohman's wife.'

According to charging documents, Torres said he saw Hohman driving his vehicle at a high rate of speed toward the back of his car, and fearing for his life, Torres drew his weapon and fired.

When police arrived at the scene they found Torres waiting for them, in his Baltimore City Police uniform, and they say he turned himself in.

“He was actually one of the callers to 911,” said Sgt. Jeff Dunbar, a spokesman for the York Area Regional Police Department.

Torres told investigators he, "feared for his life" because he knew victim owns a shotgun, charging documents state.

According to an incident report from Baltimore County police, Hohman did own a shotgun. However, police confiscated the weapon in February after Hohman's wife called officers because he had written a suicide note and refused to come out of their upstairs bedroom while holding the shotgun. He was apparently distraught over concerns his wife was cheating on him.

David Hohman was then transported to Medstar Franklin Square Medical Center and emergency petititioned for a psychiatric evaluation. 

A man who says he's a close family friend of the Hohmans says the victim is not aggressive and describes him as an average, hard working man.

The next stop for Torres after leaving the judge was the York County Prison, where he'll await his next court date.

Back in April of 2008, Torres responded to a fight at the Haven Place nightclub in Southeast Baltimore.

As the fight spilled outside, Torres fired -- striking and killing a fellow officer, Norman Stamp, who had been on the city police force for 44 years.

A jury later cleared Torres of any wrong-doing in connection with that shooting. The attorney who represented Stamp's widow in 2010 calls the current situation 'sad.'

The investigation into what led up to Tuesday’s shooting near York is ongoing, but Dunbar said despite the fact that Torres was in uniform, the incident did not stem from his work as a Baltimore City police officer.

“It appears to be a dispute between the two of them,” Sgt. Dunbar said.

Baltimore City Police have confirmed that Torres was the officer who shot Norman Stamp, but they have not commented beyond that on the incident in York County.

A message left for the head of the union that represents Baltimore City police officers was also not returned.

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