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    Baltimore Officer Arrested on Murder Charge

    BY JUSTIN FENTON, JESSICA ANDERSON and PAUL WEST
    The Baltimore Sun

    Baltimore police said Officer Gahiji A. Tshamba surrendered to authorities early Sunday after a warrant was issued for his arrest for the first-degree murder of an unarmed man outside a nightclub last week.

    Tshamba arrived with his lawyer at Central Booking Intake Facility in Baltimore around 1:30 a.m., according to police, The surrender came after more than 24 hours of fruitless searching and an intensified search by Baltimore police, which included mobilizing dozens of officers to comb city streets and distribute fliers to locate one of their own.

    A first-degree murder warrant was issued Friday afternoon, charging Tshamba in the killing of Tyrone Brown, 32, a former Marine who was unarmed when he was shot nine times at close range outside a Mount Vernon club. Police had hoped to negotiate Tshamba's surrender with his attorney, but no one had been able to contact the 15-year veteran as the search entered a second day.

    Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said late Saturday afternoon that it was "only a matter of time" before Tshamba "pops up on the grid," perhaps through use of a credit card or telephone. By the evening, commanders had additional detectives fanning out across the city to step up the search.

    "These charges are an aberration," Guglielmi said at a news conference Saturday night. "They're an affront to all of us that work for the BPD and an affront to the officers that work hard to make this city safe."

    As detectives passed out fliers with Tshamba's picture describing him as a "dangerous/high risk apprehension," about 100 people gathered on the green in front of City Hall to remember Brown. Wearing T-shirts with Brown's photo and clutching candles, they prayed before releasing about a dozen heart-shaped balloons into the air.

    "We should have locked [Tshamba] up that night," said Reginald Dargan, Brown's father. "I pray that they catch him. I leave it in God's hands."

    Tshamba's attorney, Adam Sean Cohen, said before the surrender that Tshamba "is definitely troubled by the allegation but looks forward to fighting the case in court."

    Police distributed fliers in neighborhoods such as Federal Hill and Fells Point, areas where sources said Tshamba was believed to frequent. As two Southern District detectives handed fliers to a sandwich shop owner Saturday night, an apparently intoxicated man walked up to an officer sitting in a parked car with his hands raised and said, "Don't shoot. Don't shoot."

    The search for Tshamba capped a week of drama that began in the early hours of June 5, when the off-duty Baltimore police officer fired 13 rounds from his Glock service pistol at Brown during an alley confrontation in the Mount Vernon neighborhood, according to police and eyewitnesses.

    Brown touched a female companion of Tshamba's inappropriately, witnesses said, angering the off-duty officer, who withdrew his weapon and challenged Brown to "do it again." Witnesses and police sources said Brown's hands were raised in the air as Tshamba began emptying the weapon.

    Within two days, police handed off their investigation to prosecutors and said they had found no credible evidence to justify Tshamba's actions. The Baltimore Sun reported Wednesday that Tshamba had been involved in a prior off-duty shooting in which he had been driving with a blood-alcohol level of .12, over the legal limit of .08 percent.

    As police stepped up efforts to publicly pressure prosecutors, Tshamba continued to check in at the Eastern District station and was said to be screening potential attorneys.

    Though criminal charges were expected, Tshamba was never placed under surveillance, which some observers found troubling.

    Veteran Baltimore trial attorney Andrew C. White said he found it "troubling" that Tshamba hadn't been located more than 24 hours after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

    "They should definitely be able to find somebody as publicly available as a police officer in 20 minutes," said White, who has no involvement in the case. He said police should have placed Tshamba under surveillance by one or two fellow officers, "so they could be sure they knew where he was."

    White noted that police in Connecticut kept Yale University animal lab technician Raymond Clark III under close watch last year while they weighed evidence against him in the slaying of 24-year-old graduate student Annie Le. Clark was eventually arrested and charged with her murder.

    Former Baltimore Police Commissioner Edward T. Norris, who now hosts a radio show, said, "If you're planning to charge someone with a capital crime, you would want to keep them under surveillance." But he said that Tshamba's apparent decision to flee could not necessarily have been anticipated.

    "In terms of policemen charged with crimes like this, very few, if any, can I remember fleeing," Norris said.

    Guglielmi said Baltimore police had to "treat this like any other homicide suspect. If you put somebody under surveillance, that could become an issue at trial." He said "all of Tshamba's weapons" had been seized, and police had no inkling that he would flee. He was believed to be staying with friends, and his family was cooperating with police.

    He chastised the media, saying that word of the search for Tshamba might have given the officer a chance to disappear.

    But Cohen said leaks from the department about the investigation had deeply troubled his client, saying he was being "served up on a silver platter." He said Tshamba is eager to tell his side when the appropriate time comes. He refused to take a breath test to show whether he had been drinking and has not given any statement to investigating officers.

    He also said Tshamba was startled by a death threat reported to police earlier in the week. Police received a call from someone claiming to be a relative of Brown, who said a young cousin was intent on revenge. Sources say that the call was ultimately deemed to be a hoax, but Cohen said that message never got back to Tshamba.

    "As soon as I have a dialogue with him, I will tell him 'You have to turn yourself in,'" Cohen said. "If I have to pick him up somewhere, I will."

    Tshamba, whose past includes lawsuits over paternity, child support and unpaid rent, had a history of late-night episodes involving alcohol and gun violence that predated last weekend's fatal shooting. He was said to be a regular at upscale clubs in the city, but was generally low-key.

    He was suspended for eight days but allowed to remain on the city police force after a 2005 incident in which he shot a man in the foot after an off-duty altercation that included driving under the influence of alcohol. In 2006, he was disciplined again after losing control of his car on Pulaski Highway just before 2 a.m.

    Outside City Hall, friends and associates of Brown who gathered for the vigil, shared memories of the East Baltimore resident, whose Marine service included four years of combat duty in Iraq.

    "Justice is still out there to be served," said Brown's sister, Chantay Kangalee, who was with him when he was shot. She organized the vigil, choosing the spot in front of City Hall because, "It's too hard to go back to the scene of everything."

    Several Marines from Brown's unit attended, with some driving from as far away as St. Mary's County.

    Marine James Maguire called Brown "outgoing, honest and friendly," and called what happened "an injustice."

    "It's so sad," said Dargan, "that he went through all of that [serving in Iraq,] and now he had to come here to get killed by someone who is supposed to be upholding the law."

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    I don't know the facts of this case but it certainly appears that he is guilty as charged. I always find it interesting that whenever there is a shooting such as this, especially involving a LEO there will always be some witness saying that the person that got shot was totally innocent with his hands in the air. Locally we had a Deputy outside a "joint" order a thug to put down his weapon several times before shooting him. Witnesses came forward telling about how the poor fellow still had his gun in his pocket and was doing everything he could to obey the Deputy's orders before being shot in cold blood. Even our local city counselman idiot held a press conference organized on the court house steps to call for the arrest of the Deputy. All this even though survelance camers clearly show that the good boy who happend to be at the wrong place at the wrong time was holding his gun in his hands at the time of the shooting.

    But in the case of the Baltimore officer it sounds as if hew should have been culled from the ranks of officers long ago.

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    Why was this guy still on the force after all the other incidences? Shooting a person in the foot and driving while intoxicated should have been enough to put him in jail for a while! I see a big civil suit against the Department and rightly so.

    The Baltimore Sun reported Wednesday that Tshamba had been involved in a prior off-duty shooting in which he had been driving with a blood-alcohol level of .12, over the legal limit of .08 percent.
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    "These charges are an aberration," [Baltimore police spokesman Anthony] Guglielmi said at a news conference Saturday night. "They're an affront to all of us that work for the BPD and an affront to the officers that work hard to make this city safe."
    These charges are a pattern of misconduct! Tshamba is one of the influences in Baltimore contributing to the lack of safety. All unions suck. Public servant unions doubly so.
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    Meanwhile in Ohio, we have cops arresting cops. In the last 6 months there have been two that were drinking while driving in full uniform, one so high on whatever his choice of drug was, that he got smacked around a little first before put in cuffs. And the coup de grāce...An Ottawa Hills Police officer/ Rambo wannabe shoots a motorcyclist in the back. Oh and I almost forgot this one: http://www.wtol.com/Global/story.asp?S=10182732

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    Ottawa Hills was a year ago, wasn't it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CathyInBlue View Post
    Ottawa Hills was a year ago, wasn't it?
    Yes, I believe it was. That cop was convicted. He will be sentenced this month for his crimes. I watched the youtube video of the stop and it was freaking scary. He basically just pulled his gun and shot the guy in the back while still on the motorcycle. The bullet severed his spine and paralyzed him instantly, then the bike fell over pinning him to the ground. In court the cop tried to defend his actions that he was in fear of his life because the guy turned his head around. He had several LEO's testify against him during the trial.
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    Yep, one year ago last month. LEO was convicted and awaiting sentence. I live a block from where it happened. The Ottawa Hills Police have always had a bad reputation, everything from profiling to just being complete a$$'s. This has been a long time coming. Ottawa Hills officer found guilty in biker shooting : News : WNWO NBC24

  10. Senseless tragedy.

    I see Tshamba was charged. Baltimore City is being sued by the deceased's family for $250,000,000(!). Expensive choice to keep him on the force.

    Allegedly he shot another unarmed civilian in the back during a routine traffic stop and has a long history of alcohol, DUI and other red flags.

    Lots of great LEOs out there who deserve praise. This guy sounds like a guy who got hired then lived one step away from full-out gangbanger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PlusOne View Post
    Senseless tragedy.

    I see Tshamba was charged. Baltimore City is being sued by the deceased's family for $250,000,000(!). Expensive choice to keep him on the force.

    Allegedly he shot another unarmed civilian in the back during a routine traffic stop and has a long history of alcohol, DUI and other red flags.

    Lots of great LEOs out there who deserve praise. This guy sounds like a guy who got hired then lived one step away from full-out gangbanger.
    Maybe he has been taking lessons from FBI sharpshooter Lon Horuchi, an expert on the use of deadly force against non-threat targets.

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