Two Dead, Including Police Officer, in Baltimore Shooting

Officers may have fired on officer whose badge came off in fight
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 9, 2011 1:35 PM CST
Baltimore police stand near the scene where an early-morning shooting occurred Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011 in Baltimore.   (Steve Ruark)
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(Newser) – A fight at a Baltimore nightclub spilled onto the street early today and led to an eruption of gunfire that killed a police officer and another man and left four people hurt, police said. One of those wounded also was a police officer, who was shot in the leg, said a police spokesman. Investigators were trying to determine if officers may have fired on a fellow officer whose badge and other identifying markings came off his uniform during the scuffle, he said.

No arrests have been made, but dozens of people were being questioned. Authorities said officers arrived at the Select Lounge to find a large fight and called for backup. Investigators still weren't sure if anyone besides officers had fired their weapons. "It was a pretty significant fight from what we understand. A large fight and a number of officers responded," says the police rep. "It ultimately spilled outside into the parking lot." The dead officer was 33 and an eight-year veteran of the department.

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