Our law enforcement officials are in an all-out war for their lives.
The vicious assaults on our law enforcement officials continued today. In what has become almost a daily occurrence, a Baltimore police sergeant is on life support. This comes after he was shot multiple times by a masked gunman trying to rob him while he was standing on his front lawn talking to a neighbor. He was off duty.
Sgt. Isaac Carrington, who is 43 and a 22-year veteran of the department, has completed one surgery and is “slightly more stable, but has a long, protracted course ahead,” Dr. Thomas M. Scalea said. Carrington was transported to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The doctor said some of the wounds are “in the torso, some are in the extremities.”
Meanwhile, Baltimore police are still searching for the shooter and are asking for the public’s help.
911 first received a call for the shooting at 3:24 p.m. in the 5600 block of Summerfield Ave. in Frankford.
According to witnesses, once they were approached by the assailant, the neighbor threw what he had to the ground and took off running. Carrington ran in the opposite direction. The gunman followed Carrington and shot him multiple times.
In what could be considered divine intervention, an ambulance arrived almost immediately. Carrington was transported from the scene to Shock Trauma in less than one minute according to assistant Fire Chief Tavon Claggett.
Keren Mason said her mother heard six shots, two groups of three, before seeing a car speed away from the scene. Her husband, Horace Mason, who has lived in the neighborhood since the early 90’s, said the area is largely a quiet neighborhood, but that there are problems with crime that surround the neighborhood off Frankford Avenue and Belair Road.
According to the Baltimore Sun, Amanda Hils, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said that agency’s Baltimore field division is assisting Baltimore Police in the investigation, but referred all other questions to police. Dave Fitz, an FBI Baltimore spokesman, said his agency is also assisting.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan asked for prayers for the officer “as he fights for his life.”
But in a statement, Hogan added: “Thoughts and prayers alone are not enough. We have been pushing to get these violent shooters off the streets. Now is the time for city and legislative leaders to finally join us and support our efforts.”
The Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office, which recently held a news conference discussing increased collaboration with the police department, tweeted about the shooting.
“Please, put down the guns. You may save a life, including your own,” the tweet said.
Sadly, this is the second shooting of a police officer in Baltimore in the past month, after Sgt. Billy Shiflett was injured by a gunman who also killed David Caldwell, an employee at a methadone clinic on July 15.
In that shooting, police confirmed that Shiflett, a member of the Baltimore City Police Department was rushed to the hospital after sustaining at least one gunshot wound.
Authorities responded to the 2100 block of Maryland Ave, where original reports had three people injured by gunfire, including the officer.
The location of the shooting is a treatment clinic that specializes in substance abuse and mental health disorders. Witnesses say that a man inside the clinic pulled out a gun and opened fire after reportedly receiving his medicine.
The armed suspect, who was demanding methadone at the North Baltimore drug treatment facility, died after an exchange of gunfire Monday morning that left another man dead, a veteran police officer injured and patients fleeing for safety, city police said.
Even more sadly, we have reported multiple police shootings this week.
We hope and pray that we can issue an update soon that Sgt. Carrington is recovering and resting and is expected to make a complete recovery. Our thoughts and prayers go out to he and his family. We also hope that officials in the area are able to apprehend the gunman with no further loss of life to officers or innocent bystanders.
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In a separate incident, an officer in Irvington, New Jersey was shot and a suspect is in custody after an altercation broke out late Thursday morning in New Jersey, police say.
A massive police presence has swarmed a residence in Irvington, New Jersey, where reports say that an officer was wounded in a shooting with a suspect.
While there are very few details available at this time, NBC 4 New York is reporting that the New Jersey law enforcement officer was shot on the 300 block of Myrtle Avenue around 11:30 a.m. Thursday outside a home in Irvington.
— Steven Bognar (@Bogs4NY) August 8, 2019
A rifle has been recovered, sources say.
The condition of the officer has not been reported.
— karen aquino (@kayopunk) August 8, 2019
NBC reported that one person was seen carried out of the residence on a stretcher while emergency crews performed CPR. There have been no confirmed reports of any other injuries in the incident.
Footage from NBC’s Chopper 4 shows the massive group of police in the New Jersey neighborhood.
The New Jersey State PBA tweeted following the shooting asking for prayers for the wounded officer.
Please pray for the officers who have been injured in Irvington. They are at the trauma center at this time.
— New Jersey State PBA (@NJSPBA) August 8, 2019
A large group of law enforcement officials are on the ground in the area and have reportedly been going from house to house, clearing the scene on the residential street.
Sources say that the area is completely shut down while police investigate the details of the shooting.
This story is ongoing.
Law Enforcement Today will continue to bring you information as it is released to the public.