06/07/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, USA // Tara Monks // Tara Monks
Baltimore, MD – An off-duty Baltimore City police officer shot and killed an unarmed Marine in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 5, 2010, as reported by WBALTV.com. The officer unleashed 13 shots, with 6 shots making contact.
Tyrone Brown, a 32-year-old man was shot 13 times at close range. He was a Marine who had served two tours of duty in Iraq, according to Baltimore City police. The officer who shot Brown claimed Brown made advances toward a woman who was with the officer.
A spokesman for the police department relayed information the department heard as, “After the advances, the officer and the individual exchanged words…There was an argument, and the altercation turned physical. At that point, the officer pulled out his service weapon and fired multiple shots at our victim.”
Brown’s sister, who was present during the shooting reported the incident occurred at approximately 1:30 a.m., outside a nightclub in Mount Vernon named Eden’s Lounge. She told reporters, “There was absolutely no physical contact,” and that, “The supposed officer was not in any harm whatsoever. He (Brown) had his hands up to show he didn’t have no weapons or anything.
His sister further claims Brown was attempting to diffuse the situation, telling the officer to “calm down.”
Other family members described Brown as a non-violent man. He is survived by a wife and two children. He was expecting to walk his sister down the aisle for her wedding in July.
The officer, a 15-year-veteran, has not been named. Police stated they are investigating whether alcohol was a factor towards the incident. Police also reported the officer refused a breathalyzer after the incident.
The spokesman for the Baltimore City police department clarified that officers typically carry their service weapons when off duty in Baltimore, but are not supposed to carry them if they intend to become intoxicated.
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