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Problems with Medics, Police at Baltimore Homicides

Baltimore paramedics prematurely pronounced a patient dead over the weekend while at the scene of a police involved shooting in Northwest Baltimore. The Sun’s Richard Irwin reports that an investigation is underway by Baltimore Fire Department.

This comes just a few months after we heard complaints from homicide detectives that paramedics were following new rules and taking even obviously dead patients to hospitals, marring crime scenes. Detectives like having their scenes untouched, including bodies, so they can learn as much as they can.

This case stems from a shooting by a city officer of a burglarly suspect at a grocery store. Cops say the man lunged at officers with what appeared to a knife but turned out to be a screwdriver. The man was hit in the head and paramedics prounced him dead at the scene and left.

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