By David McFadden
BALTIMORE — A homicide detective with the
Baltimore police force was shot in the head Wednesday while working in a
troubled area of the city grappling with high crime rates.
the hospital where the gravely wounded 18-year veteran was fighting for
his life, Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said a manhunt was underway
for a "cold, callous killer" who shot the detective who was "just doing
Federal agencies were offering a $60,000 reward for information
leading to the gunman's arrest. The officer wasn't identified, but Davis
said he has a wife and two children.
"This is a dangerous profession. This is a dangerous job.
Police officers know that at any given time they could confront someone
who wants to do them harm, and that's exactly what happened tonight,"
Davis said, adding that it would be a "long night" for investigators
seeking "every bit of evidence."
Police cordoned off streets in
the West Baltimore area and a tactical unit combed alleyways searching
for a shooter. Numerous cruisers responded and a police helicopter
buzzed overhead, illuminating streets below with a searchlight. The
neighborhood has a number of vacant row houses.
Dr. Thomas Scalea,
chief of the University of Maryland Medical Center's Shock Trauma
Center, said the injured officer was on life support in the intensive
"We are doing everything we can to keep him stabilized
and to take care of the injury to his brain," he said, flanked by Davis
and Mayor Catherine Pugh.
Wednesday's shooting of the police
officer comes amid a particularly violent period in Baltimore: So far
this year, the city of roughly 620,000 inhabitants has seen more than
Pugh called for a halt to the violence — a frequently repeated refrain in Baltimore.
are praying for peace in our streets. And I can say to you all again
and again: Enough is enough. Crime has to come to an end in this city.
This kind of violence cannot be tolerated," she said.