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An off-duty police officer is being hailed a hero after fatally shooting a 38-year-old suspect who police say walked into a Baltimore barbershop and shot an employee to death, the Baltimore Sun reported.
What are the details?
The unnamed off-duty Baltimore police officer was getting a haircut on Saturday afternoon when 38-year-old Carlos Ortega burst into the Bladi Style barbershop in East Baltimore and fatally shot the barber, 33-year-old Rafael Jeffers.
Video surveillance captured the moment the the officer, who was armed and in plain clothes while off duty, quickly jumped to his feet and "with great bravery produced his firearm," according to Police Commissioner Michael Harrison.
Pulling his gun out, the officer fatally shot Ortega, immediately stopping him from doing any more damage.
The police officer was not injured during the exchange.
Ortega was a suspect in two other shootings that took place earlier in the day, and police are working to determine any motives that might link the three shootings. The two earlier shootings left one man dead and another person critically injured.
"We're processing three different scenes in three parts of the city," Harrison explained. "While this perpetrator has expired from his injuries, we will still need answers to these questions. ... We are working to determine the connectivity, which is a likely connectivity."
Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott lauded the officer's heroic actions in a statement on the incident.
"This is something the average person wouldn't do," Scott said, "and this is something that our officers do each and every day in the City of Baltimore. We don't know what would have happened if he was not able to respond in that way, and how many more incidents could have happened tonight here in Baltimore City."
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HERO: Off-duty Baltimore police officer shoots and kills gunman that murdered hairdresser.\n\n*WARNING: Graphic*pic.twitter.com/K5hng4wd7v— Katie Daviscourt\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 (@Katie Daviscourt\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8) 1637281662
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