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Md. officer shot while attempting to arrest subject released from hospital

Officer First Class Swinney was wounded in the leg and abdomen; an investigation to the shooting continues, officials say


Phillip Jackson and Jessica Anderson
The Baltimore Sun

BALTIMORE — The family of a man shot by police as they attempted to arrest him in Northeast Baltimore last week is demanding answers about what led officers to open fire, an attorney said.

“There are a lot of details that aren’t out. It’s very important that the full story come out,” attorney Thomas Maronick said Tuesday. He previously represented Marullo in an unrelated matter and said he is being retained by Marullo’s mother.

Baltimore Police said in a statement Friday that officers recovered a gun from Marullo at the scene but that it was fully loaded. Two police officers — one from Baltimore, the other from Baltimore County — were shot and injured on Feb. 12 in what appears to be a friendly fire incident, though police have not provided additional information.

On Tuesday, Officer First Class Swinney - Baltimore County does not release the full names of its officers - was released from the hospital.

Swinney is in “great spirits,” Dr. Thomas Scalea said Tuesday, adding that the officer will “certainly have a fair bit of rehab in front of him.” Swinney, who was shot in the abdomen and the leg, lost a “large amount of blood,” and may not have survived if a tourniquet had not been applied, Scalea said.

Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt says the her agency is “incredibly grateful” for the work done by Scalea during the officer’s surgical procedures.

Baltimore Police officer Robert Adams, who was shot in the calf, was released from the hospital last week.

Neither Baltimore County or city police have provided any explanation for how two officers were shot when the suspect never fired his weapon. Baltimore Police spokeswoman Lindsey Eldridge said Tuesday that the incident remains under investigation and declined to provide additional details.

It remains unclear how many officers fired outside the courtyard of the Gardenvillage Apartments at the edge of the city. Local and federal officers assigned to the in the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force were attempting to arrest Marullo on a warrant from Pennsylvania where he was wanted for attempted murder. According to court documents, Marullo fired shots at the grandfather of his two children after a dispute over how Marullo was disciplining the kids.