By Cassidy Jensen
BALTIMORE — A Baltimore Police officer fired greater than a dozen gunshots at anti-violence activist Tyree Moorehead from just a few ft away, in accordance with body-worn digicam footage launched by the division that confirmed the deadly Sunday afternoon taking pictures.
After Officer Zachary Rutherford and trainee Michael Hazel arrived on the intersection of Fulton and Lafayette avenues in West Baltimore and referred to as for backup, Rutherford ran towards Moorehead, who was holding a big kitchen knife as he stood over a girl mendacity on the bottom.
“Get down,” Rutherford might be heard shouting as he exits the automobile and approaches Moorehead together with his gun drawn.
Moorehead dove on high of the girl and in a slowed-down model of the video, gave the impression to be pointing a knife on the lady’s face.
From just a few ft away, Rutherford fired his weapon at Moorehead, as he rolled off the girl and to the suitable, permitting the girl to maneuver away. Rutherford continued to shoot at Moorehead, together with towards his again, as he fell to the bottom after which was mendacity on his again a number of ft away.
Moorehead gave the impression to be loosely holding the knife in his hand whereas bleeding from a number of wounds.
Rutherford reloaded his gun and pointed it at Moorehead however didn’t fireplace once more, ordering him repeatedly for about 30 seconds to drop the knife.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison and Deputy Commissioner Brian Nadeau, who oversees the division’s Public Integrity Bureau, confirmed the 2 movies from Rutherford and a trainee’s physique cameras at a information convention Tuesday afternoon.
Rutherford has labored for the division since March and beforehand served three years with the Maryland Transit Administration police. Rutherford and Hazel have each been positioned on administrative duties in accordance with division coverage.
“We expect it’s clear that this officer saved this lady’s life,” Harrison stated.
Requested whether or not the variety of pictures Rutherford fired was justified, Harrison stated the investigation by the Unbiased Investigations Division of the Maryland Legal professional Normal’s Workplace would decide that.
Witnesses, together with Moorehead’s father, Carlton Moorehead, questioned the variety of pictures police fired at him, as he was in shut vary and never working away.
“The police mustn’t have shot him so many instances,” his father stated.
Demontea Madison, who additionally noticed the taking pictures unfold, stated the officer saved taking pictures at Moorehead when he was already on the bottom, seemingly dying.
The officers responded to a 911 name a few lady being attacked by a person with a knife. The body-cam footage begins at 3:41 p.m. Separate video additionally confirmed officers offering medical support to Moorehead.
The lady, who police didn’t establish, is a Baltimore Metropolis resident.
“It doesn’t seem that the 2 are associated or have any connection,” Nadeau stated.
Moorehead was an anti-violence activist who spray-painted “No Shoot Zones” at scenes of shootings across the metropolis. Moorehead’s household and associates described his conduct within the months main as much as the taking pictures as erratic and stated he confronted psychological well being challenges.