A Baltimore Police officer was shot after responding to a party that was taking place despite the city's mayor asking people to avoid large gatherings amid an increase of coronavirus cases.
The officer is reported to be in stable condition after taking a gunshot wound to the torso around 3:15 a.m. on Sunday in the 2300 block of Winchester street in the Western District, according to Newsweek.
Baltimore Mayor Jack Young said that the incident is evident that officers have a tough job, which comes amid calls across the country to defund the police.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison explained that two officers had been dispatched to the area after a large crowd had gathered. This despite Baltimore's social distancing protocols.
As attendees began to leave, the officers took note of an SUV that sped into a nearby parking lot with a damaged tire.
The officers approached the driver and realized that he was armed with a firearm, and tried to detain him.
"During the struggle, our officer was shot and the suspect was subsequently taken into custody without injury," Harrison said.
"We do know that a firearm was found on the scene, and it is unknown at this time whether our officers fired their weapons."
Both officers were wearing body cameras, which are believed to have been active. The footage is in the process of being reviewed as part of the investigation.
"This speaks to the bravery and the courage of our officers," Harrison added.
"During very tough tumultuous times, in spite of all that's going on here, and everywhere in the country, the members of the Baltimore Police Department continue to serve, continue to protect and continue to do what is necessary to keep the people of Baltimore safe."
"I fully support our police officers who come to work every day and put their lives on the line to make sure we're safe in the city of Baltimore," Young said. "I'm just looking forward to a speedy recovery from this officer."
Young also mentioned that gun violence in the city needs to stop.
"I'm asking those who are carrying guns in the city of Baltimore to put the guns down and let's find other means of settling our disputes without shooting at police officers or shooting at others," he said.
City Council President Brandon Scott said in a statement: "My prayers are with the officer and his family now that he is out of surgery and begins his road to recovery."
"He deserves our respect and gratitude, as do all our brave officers who continue to put their lives on the line each day to protect our residents and our communities amidst this pandemic."