A female Baltimore cop is on life support after she was ambushed and shot while sitting in her patrol vehicle early Thursday, police said.
The officer, who hasn’t been named, was on-duty when the gunman approached from behind around 1:30 a.m. and opened fire in the Curtis Bay neighborhood.
She was shot multiple times, Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said.
The cop appeared to have hit the accelerator and then crashed her patrol car after she was shot.
Officers responding to a report of the crash found the injured cop inside the vehicle suffering from “life-threatening gunshot wounds”, police said in a statement.
She was rushed to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma where she was listed as being in “guarded condition.”
“This was a cowardly, brazen act to walk up and open fire on a police officer who was doing what we asked that officer to do – to go out to protect and serve,” Harrison said.
“Our prayers are with the officer’s family. We are determined to find those responsible for this heinous crime and will not rest until we do.”
Harrison said he and Mayor Brandon Scott had met with the officer’s family members, “who are, like us, obviously angry, confused, in search of answers, and have an expectation that we will find who did this and hold one or as many people responsible for this as possible.”
“We have a coward on the loose in Baltimore that we must and will find,” Mayor Scott said.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan tweeted that he has offered the full resources of Maryland State Police to help with the investigation after the officer “was shot in a despicable, ambush-style attack.”
Cops are now appealing for information or witnesses to track down the gunman.
With Post wires