Police identify officer involved in Monday's shooting

Officer Warren Benn, a 13-year veteran of the department, killed armed suspect in Oliver, police say

January 15, 2014|By Colin Campbell and Justin George, The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore police on Wednesday identified a plainclothes officer who shot and killed a man they said was armed with a gun Monday evening as Officer Warren Benn.

Benn and another plainclothes police officer were patrolling in the 1800 block of E. Lanvale St., in the Oliver neighborhood, just after 5 p.m., when they saw two men in a parked white Nissan Altima with out-of-state license plates, police said.

Concerned, they called for backup, and when additional officers arrived, an officer saw a gun, police said. Deputy Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said one or both of the plainclothes officers fired, and the gun was recovered from the suspect's hand. Police said he did not fire any shots, and whether he aimed the gun at police is under investigation.

Benn has worked for the department for 13 years and is assigned to the Special Enforcement Section, police said.

Last year, city officers shot 15 people, six of them fatally.

Baltimore Sun staff writer Justin Fenton contributed to this report.

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