Man Shot By Balto. Police, Setting Douglas Homes Community in Uproar

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Updated 9/6/2013) Baltimore police shot and killed a 25-year-old man who they said was about to commit a crime at a nearby business on Sept. 4.

The shooting spurred outrage from residents and leaders in the Douglas Homes community, located in northeast Baltimore.

On the scene following the shooting, Dep. Police Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said police special enforcement officers received “intelligence” that a crime would be committed at a local business. He said officers pursued a suspect, later identified as Donte Bennett, into the Douglas Homes community.

Rodriguez said officers claimed they struggled with Bennett, who produced a handgun; however, it is unclear how Bennett produced the weapon during the struggle. He said the officers “feared for their lives” and, at around 6:56 p.m., three officers shot Bennett multiple times. Bennett was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. None of the officers involved were injured. Read more here.