Teen injured in officer-involved shooting facing assault, gun charges
By WMAR STAFF,2023-05-31
A teen who was injured in an officer-involved shooting earlier this month is facing multiple charges.
On May 11, just before 1:30 p.m., officers were called to the 2500 block of McHenry Street for a person displaying characteristics of an armed person.
Bodycam footage revealed the officer involved, detective Cedric Elleby, was sitting on a stoop speaking with a group of at least four citizens on McHenry Street for reasons unknown.
Among the group was the teen who now faces charges.
Just a few seconds into the video, the teen and another person get up to walk away. Elleby then stands up and begins to follow them.
Police say Elleby noticed the teen had a "bulge" near his waistband, which they claim are characteristics of an armed person.
Throughout the initial interaction an occupied white van is seen stopped in the middle of the street seeming to follow Elleby and the teen. There's no word on if the van was an unmarked police car or somehow associated with the group Elleby was originally talking to.
As Elleby stops the teen the video sound picks up. Elleby says "come here," for which the teen replies "what sir?" before turning around and running away.
Elleby gives chase through a heavily weeded area and down an alleyway. During the foot pursuit, the teen is seen using his right hand to pull a handgun from his waistband.
Despite several orders to drop the weapon, the teen continues fleeing towards another alley in the 300 block of Catherine Street.
That's when Elleby fires multiple shots striking the teen, at which point the gun falls to the ground.
The teen was treated for his injuries instantly by police, while Elleby was attempting to control a large crowd shouting insults and profanity towards him.
A handgun with an extended magazine was recovered at the scene and turned out to be stolen.
The teen's mother, Kieria Franklin, spoke with WMAR-2 News stating that her son was a "good boy" and " not a bad kid."
"This is crazy that this is happening to me and my family and it’s not like he got gunned down in the streets, he got gunned down by somebody that’s supposed to save you, Baltimore City Police," she said.
He now faces first and second degree assault and multiple gun charges.
The teen's lawyer, Robert Linthicum, also released a statement:
"Police shootings warrant significant attention, especially where a child ends up in the hospital. The charges here do not fully align with the allegations and could be an effort to avoid or minimize scrutiny of the officers' actions."Robert Linthicum, Chief of the Youthful Defenders Unit