BALTIMORE, Md. – Two people have been taken into custody following a massive manhunt throughout Baltimore, where police diligently searched for the suspect who allegedly shot an off-duty police sergeant on Thursday night.
Sgt. Isaac Carrington remains in critical condition in a Baltimore hospital.
The off-duty sergeant was shot multiple times by a masked gunman who tried to rob him while he was standing on his front lawn talking to a neighbor.
At approximately 11:15 a.m. on Friday morning, a Southern District officer on patrol saw a vehicle that matched the description of the one reportedly driven by the shooter. The officer unsuccessfully tried to stop the vehicle, which was later found abandoned in Southwest Baltimore County, authorities said.
“At this time we are not able to confirm this is the vehicle involved in the shooting,” police spokesman Det. Jeremy Silbert said.
Shortly after, police searched a wooded area in the 2700 block of Park Drive, where they took two people into custody. They have not yet provided details on the individuals.
Sgt. Isaac Carrington, who is 43 and a 22-year veteran of the department, has completed multiple surgeries already and is “slightly more stable, but has a long, protracted course ahead,” Dr. Thomas M. Scalea said on Friday. 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.”
The Baltimore sergeant just went through an additional surgery on Friday morning and is still fighting for his life. Doctors confirmed that he remains in critical condition.
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.
Baltimore Police Sergeant Isaac Carrington On Life Support, In ICU After Shooting In Northeast Baltimore https://t.co/Ud4RVoxHwl sending prayers for our brother. Off duty Sergeant Isaac Carrington is in life support after being shot multiple times. #SCSO @NationalSheriff
— Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office (@schenectady_s) August 9, 2019
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.
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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.”
“We can do better Baltimore, and I’m counting on you to do better.” https://t.co/W6coAIrDSy
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) August 9, 2019
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.