Baltimore Police Department Releases Video of OIS


BALTIMORE – A police officer fatally shot a man who fled from a traffic stop Sunday night in northwest Baltimore, city police said. The Baltimore Police Department has released video of the OIS.

Chief T.J. Smith of Baltimore police media relations said the incident started as a traffic stop on Westgate Avenue. However, the driver fled, reported WBALTV. As a result, the Foxtrot helicopter tracked the vehicle as it took off.

On video, the suspect, Billy Lewis Rucker, 33, can be heard yelling, “Y’all can’t stop me.”

The vehicle was found abandoned near Roslyn Avenue and Gwynns Falls Parkway. Pursuing officers spotted Rucker and a female passenger on Gwynns Falls, police said.

Police said Rucker ran, pulled out a gun and aimed it at officers. Moreover, during a foot chase, Rucker dropped a magazine from a gun, police said.

Smith said Rucker shot toward the officer, who returned fire. In doing so, the officer struck Rucker who later died at a hospital.

Investigators recovered a semiautomatic handgun and a replica firearm, Smith said. Police said Rucker pointed the authentic firearm at police officers before he was shot. Smith said the replica gun was discovered in a bag.

Smith said that Rucker had multiple opportunities to surrender before firing his weapon, which led to being shot by the officer. Additionally, Rucker had multiple gun charges on his record.

“Unfortunately, these are the type of encounters that take place. It’s certainly not a scenario that anyone wanted to be in this evening, but again, we’re dealing with somebody with a real gun who had multiple opportunities to surrender,” Smith said.

Fortunately, police said no officers were injured. Smith said Rucker was known to Baltimore Police Department.

Finally, the woman, who stayed by the car, was taken into custody and was not hurt.

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