BALTIMORE, MD (February 4, 2021)—a deputy U.S. Marshal was shot Thursday morning in west Baltimore while serving an arrest warrant, authorities said.
Don Snider, commander of the U.S. Marshals Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, said around 6:45 a.m. Thursday, marshals were conducting an arrest operation in the 1400 block of North Mount Street for Donte Green, 30, who was wanted by Baltimore City police for armed robbery and attempted murder.
Snider said a person hiding in a closet began firing on the marshals, who returned fire, striking the shooter, who was later identified as Green.
“While clearing a residence associated with Green, members of the SRT began taking fire from an individual hiding in a closet,” Snider said.
Weapons were recovered at the scene, Snider said.
The deputy U.S. Marshal who was shot was taken to Shock Trauma with serious injuries.
“We admitted a U.S. marshal with a torso gunshot wound. He was quite sick when he got here. We got him rapidly evaluated and into the operating room. We are done with his surgery. He is up in the intensive care unit,” Shock Trauma Physician-in-Chief Dr. Thomas Scalea said.
Scalea said the marshal was on life support Thursday afternoon, but doctors are hopeful for the marshal’s recovery.
“We are hopeful, but you just never know. It is too early,” Scalea said.
Green was pronounced dead at the scene.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said Green was the security guard who shot at Baltimore police officers Saturday at the Compare Foods on The Alameda in northeast Baltimore after a dispute over his paycheck.
“We can confirm that the warrant was obtained by our detectives for 30-year-old Donte Green. Mr. Green was wanted on a total of 19 charges to include attempted murder, armed robbery and handgun violations,” Harrison said.
Harrison said the investigation led detectives to the 1400 block of North Mount Street. Harrison said Green was deemed a high-risk fugitive and detectives were assisted by the marshals.
“This is a very dangerous situation, and we have to remember that we will be going after these violent criminals,” Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott said. “It shows how proactive the department is being going after those who are recklessly acting with abandon with the safety of fellow Baltimoreans, and it’s something we will not tolerate.”
As the battle against crime continues, Scalea is growing weary of talking about the damage caused by violence.
“I’d really like this to be the last time I have to walk up here and do this, but that’s not likely to happen. It’s a little bit too much,” he said.
Baltimore police will conduct an investigation into the shooting.