BODYCAM: Police Shootout in Baltimore

October 3, 2018

As the Baltimore Sun has reported: 

A Baltimore man fired 10 rounds at two city police officers before he was killed in a shootout last month, police said Monday.

The Baltimore Police Department unveiled new details surrounding the police-involved shooting Monday afternoon at a news conference, where interim Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle and police spokesman T.J. Smith showed body-camera footage from the shooting and discussed the officers’ responses during the incident.

Tuggle said officers Phillip Lippe and Steven Foster fired 30 rounds from their guns during the shootout Sept. 23, killing 29-year-old Nathaniel Sassafras.

Lippe, a three-year veteran of the department, was struck by three bullets; one hit his body camera, another was deflected by his bullet-proof vest and a third nicked his elbow, police said. Footage from Lippe’s camera was destroyed in the shooting.

Lippe and Foster, a five-year-veteran, pursued Sassafras because they thought he was involved with drug trafficking in the area, Tuggle said.

“Those officers were in that particular area doing what I expected and what the public expects, and that’s crime suppression,” Tuggle said. “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,” Tuggle said.

“There was clearly an intent on the suspect’s part to kill this officer. He shot at him 10 times,” Tuggle said.

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