Bodycam footage released by the Baltimore Police Department shows Curtis Deal being shot to death at the end of a chase between Detective David Kincaid Jr and Deal, 18, in West Baltimore on Tuesday, February 7.
Police say Deal, who was out on a $250,000 bond, jumped out of a car that Detective Kincaid was following on Tuesday. Deal began to run from the car and the confrontation began on foot. Police said that Kincaid shot Deal because he feared for his own life. The officer’s body camera showed Deal clearly pointing his gun at the detective just before Kincaid fired.
Via Baltimore Sun:
Deal was fatally shot by a Baltimore police detective after allegedly jumping out of a vehicle being tailed by officers and fleeing through the same neighborhood where he’d been arrested the week before. Police said the detective chasing Deal shot him because he feared for his own life. The officer’s body camera captured Deal pointing his gun at the detective just before the shooting.
“It shows dysfunction, I believe, in our criminal justice system,” said Mayor Catherine Pugh. “People who have those many gun charges probably should not be on our streets.”
Baltimore Police released the footage of the shooting Thursday, identifying Kincaid as the officer who shot Deal four times. Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said that the shooting was justified and that he was proud of Kincaid for his brave work.
According to the Baltimore Sun, Deal, who just turned 18 in November, was arrested as an adult just a month ago. On January 4, Deal was charged with four handgun counts. According to court records, plainclothes officers were in an unmarked vehicle in the 1100 block of S. Carey St. that day when they observed Deal, whom they recognized, standing on a corner. Upon seeing the officers, Deal looked startled, “put his hands up in the air and shouted ‘I’m leaving,'” police wrote.
On January 30, Deal was arrested for the second time. According to court records, he was spotted by an unmarked vehicle, saw officers, and then took off with a clenched fist, court records say.
Deal was released on $100,000 bail from his first gun case at the time of his second arrest and then was released on a $250,000 unsecured bond under the condition that he follow his curfew and provide proof of attending school.