Off-duty Baltimore cop shoots woman, takes child hostage before SWAT standoff
The suspect, identified by police as James Smith, is holed up at
a home on the West side of the city. SWAT members arrived at the
scene several hours ago, and had removed a woman from the scene
before paramedics arrived. Her clothing was seen to be covered in
blood. Police reported several hours later that the victim, who's
identity was not disclosed, had succumbed to her injuries and
SWAT members then returned to the barricaded site. At 6:40 pm Eastern Time Baltimore police tweeted that negotiators were working to try and peacefully resolve the situation. At 8:17pm EST, Baltimore Police tweeted that the child still inside the home had been safely taken to a safe location.
Update: The child is no longer in the residence on Parrish Street and has been taken to a safe location.— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) May 8, 2013
Earlier, Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts had told reporters that the main concern was for the toddler still believed to be inside the home with Smith.
"The concern I have right now is slowing this scene down and
making sure we get the child out safely," Batts said.
UPDATE - For safety of emergency workers, certain operational details of barricade situation can not be disclosed.— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) May 7, 2013
By 9:30pm ET, Baltimore police officers were able to convince Smith to peacefully surrender without further incident.
"We just gave it time. We gave it time, we had our psychologists
speaking with him, trying to clam him down," Batts told
"We were very happy he released the toddler, the 4-year-old. We have a young lady who lost her life. That's the biggest focus right now," he added.
Smith was taken into custody on Tuesday night, pending