Arrested In Shooting Of Undercover Balt. Officer Reporting
Suzanne Collins BALTIMORE (WIZ) ―
Baltimore police say three people have been arrested after an undercover police officer was shot twice in the face while working a drug detail.
Three people are in custody accused of shooting an undercover police officer.
Suzanne Collins reports Baltimore City Police released details of the arrests Saturday afternoon.
Officer Dante Arthur, 33, had severe facial injuries, but he will survive.
It wasn't long after that shooting in the Central District that they did arrest three people.
One suspect, Sean Smith, 23, who was shot in the leg by police was taken from police headquarters around 5 p.m. Saturday.
He and two others are charged with the attempted murder of Officer Arthur who was shot twice in the jaw. They're also charged with shooting at his partner.
The two officers tried to arrest another suspect, Sean Cox, 22, after buying drugs from him in an undercover buy. It happened on Orchard Street at 8 p.m. Friday night.
"When the officers moved to take Mr. Cox into custody, he started resisting very violently, and it appears that he attempted to disarm Officer Arthur. During the course of that struggle, and as he broke free, our officers came under fire from two suspects, later identified as Antwan Cox and Sean Smith," said Police Commissioner Fred Bealefeld.
Antwan Cox is the third suspect who is a 19-year-old.
Mayor Sheila Dixon says Friday night's shooting is an example of why fighting illegal guns and those who repeatedly use them is so critical. She says related legislation should be passed.
"So here again, they have prior records for handling of illegal guns, and that's why these bills that we have are for the state legislator is so important," said Dixon.
Officer Arthur is an 8-year veteran. He's still in Shock Trauma where he was taken Friday night. He will have to undergo a series of surgeries.
"Officer Arthur underwent, for a lack of a better word, a phase, a first phase of facial reconstruction surgery. He sustained severe injuries in the gunshot wound to the lower portion of his jaw," said Bealefeld.
Police also say Sean Smith wasn't in jail, even though he was charged in October in Baltimore County with attempted murder.
The mayor's legislation wouldn't let people get good time credits in prison if they're there on a gun offense.