Officer Stephen Sistek, 46, a 17-year veteran assigned to the Patrol Division, was identified as the officer who fired his weapon at Richard Jenkins Jr. Sistek has never before been involved in a shooting incident, according to the department.
At 12:20 a.m. Thursday, Eastern District patrol officers responding to a call about an armed person saw a person who matched the description, according to police. As officers approached, the man engaged them, police said. The man was then shot once in the leg.
Jenkins, 25, was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening. He has been charged with firearms offenses and assault.
A semiautomatic pistol was recovered at the scene. The homicide unit is investigating the incident, which is routine in police-involved shootings.
In accordance with department policy, Sistek's police powers have been suspended pending the investigation.
Baltimore police have shot 14 people this year, the same number as in all of 2011. Eight of those shot this year have died.
Thursday's police shooting was the first this year in the Eastern District, which has experienced the most shootings and homicides in the city.