The Baltimore Police Department released body camera video of a wild shootout between two police officers and a suspect from Sept. 23.
interim Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle said officers Phillip Lippe and Steven Foster fired 30 rounds during the shootout at Nathaniel Sassafras, who was killed, notes The Baltimore Sun.
Tuggle said Lippe and Foster pursued Sassafras because they thought he was involved with drug trafficking:
Those officers were in that particular area doing what I expected and what the public expects, and that’s crime suppression.
At the end of the day, we are fortunate, not just as a police department, but as a city, that we did not lose an officer during that shooting. There was clearly an intent on the suspect’s part to kill this officer. He shot at him 10 times.
Tuggle said Sassafras fired the first shot, and Foster and Lippe return gunfire; Lippe was wounded.
Sassafras was reportedly paroled on Jan. 18 after serving nearly 14 years of a 20-year sentence for a 2004 murder.
(Source: The Baltimore Sun)