Baltimore police identified the 25-year-old man Thursday who was fatally shot by officers in a Southeast Baltimore housing project, as people who said they saw the incident continued to question the decision to shoot.
The shooting occurred just before 7 p.m. Wednesday, when police said they pursued Donte Bennett through a courtyard of Douglass Homes and past a playground, fighting with him before he took out a handgun and was shot.
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — There’s anger and frustration in one Baltimore neighborhood after police chase a suspect and then open fire. Now that suspect is dead.
Police say they fired in self-defense, but some witnesses are telling a different story.
Derek Valcourt has new details, including the identity of the suspect.
He’s 25 years old and the father of a little boy. Some are now questioning the police action that led to his death.
It was Donte Bennett shot to death by police Wednesday night at a Douglas Homes courtyard. One witness snapped photos in the moments after the shooting as officers waited for an ambulance to arrive and rush Bennett to the hospital.
Police say they had intelligence that a crime was about to occur at a nearby business, and when they saw their suspect, Bennett, he started running. Officers chased him directly in front of the home where Dante Richardson stays.
“Four undercover officers, they was on the young man’s back. I heard the one officer that wasn’t holding him say, ‘If you don’t put the gun down, I’m going to shoot you.’ And right after he said that, that’s when the shots went off,” said Richardson.
Police say, fearing for their lives, three officers fired shots, though how many shots remains unclear. Commanders promise a thorough investigation.
Police have not released many details in the incident in which a man was shot around 7 p.m. Wednesday. Police said the officers, who were identified as Peter Iacovo, Joseph Wiczulis and Kyle Gaskin, chased down a man believed to have been about to commit a crime.