A Baltimore police officer was wounded early yesterday in an exchange of gunfire with a suspect who also was wounded, police said yesterday.
The officer, Jermell Rayam, 26, was one of three patrolmen, along with a sergeant, who were on patrol in the 2300 block of Barclay St. about 12:40 a.m., said Officer Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman. The officers came across a group of men in an area known for drug transactions and "saw what they believed was suspected drug activity," Monroe said.
When police went to investigate, the group dispersed, Monroe said, with one man from the group opening fire on the officers. The officers fired back, she said. Rayam suffered a graze wound to a toe. He was treated and released from Mercy Medical Center yesterday, Monroe said.