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Balt. officer suspected in nightclub shooting shot man while drunk in 2005

Baltimore police say an officer suspected of killing a man outside a nightclub over the weekend was disciplined by the department five years ago for shooting a man while intoxicated.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says 36-year-old Gahiji Tshamba shot a man in the foot after a confrontation while off duty in 2005. The shooting was found to be justified, but Tshamba was disciplined because he was under the influence of alcohol.

Investigators are trying to determine whether the 15-year veteran of the force was under the influence Saturday when police say he fatally shot 32-year-old Tyrone Brown.

No charges have been filed against Tshamba, but he was placed on paid administrative duty.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Tshamba was involved in a shooting while on duty in 1998. Guglielmi says internal records of that shooting have been expunged.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 7, 2010; 8:25 AM ET
Categories:  Baltimore  
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Explain to me why is this officer allowed to carry a weapon especially if he has an alcholic problem? We all know when you are drunk a person never sees things as they really are. And he has done this before? I guess there is a police shortage so there is a need to keep cops like this on the beat huh? WOW

Posted by: msruby36 | June 8, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

The story did not state he was drunk, or drinking, during this incident.

Posted by: dom1 | June 9, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

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