Sunday, June 6, 2010
Tyrone Brown, Former Marine, Shot and Killed by Off-Duty Baltimore Police Officer Gahiji Tshamba After Groping His Companion
Tyrone Brown, a former Marine from Baltimore was shot and killed senselessly by an off-duty Baltimore police officer Gahiji A. Tshamba. According to the Baltimore Sun, Brown, his sister, Chantay Kangalee, and her friend were out taking in the club scene early Saturday morning. He allegedly glanced at a woman in an alley off East Eager Street, put his hands on her rear. Her companion, Officer Tshamba, got into an argument and a physical confrontation with Tyrone Brown after they left the club Eden's Lounge, according to the Baltimore Sun. What happened after he reportedly apologized and tried to walk away is unspeakable. Officer Tshamba fired at Brown 13 times from his department-issued Glock handgun.
Brown, struck at 1:30 a.m. by six bullets in the chest and groin, fell to the pavement and died 45 minutes later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The shooting by Gahiji A. Tshamba, a 15-year veteran of the city police force, has left his commanders publicly questioning whether the Eastern District patrol officer legitimately thought his life was in danger before firing. Source
The officer's actions seems excessive and one has to wonder if his judgment was impaired by alcohol. He could have easily verbally assailed Tyrone Brown for allegedly groping the woman, but to fire so many shots is just reprehensible and was not done in self-defense because the deceased was unarmed.