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Murders this Week: 4; Murders this Year: 132

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This week, police were involved in a shooting—the eighth police-involved shooting this year. At about 12:30P.M. on Aug. 18, police responded to a burglary call on the 1600 block of West Lexington Street and found Rudy Bell, a 63-year-old African-American man, on the third floor of a vacant building.. Bell allegedly lunged at one officer with a weapon, cutting him on the face. The other officer shot Bell, who was pronounced dead soon after. The injured officer was taken to a hospital, treated, and released. A knife and a broken bottle were found at the scene, police said it was unclear which had cut the officer.

Thursday, Aug. 16

Just after 9 P.M. on Aug. 15, police received a call for shots fired on the 600 block of Linnard Street in the Southwest District. The responding officers reported hearing the shots and observed two African-American males running. The officers radioed a description of the suspects and canvassed the area but came up empty. Less than three hours later, at 12:20 A.M. on Aug. 16, another call came in reporting a shooting victim inside a residence on the same block. Responding officers found medics working on a wounded female, who was transported to an area hospital for treatment. The officers discovered the bodies of two African-American male victims in the house. They were brothers Euclides Manley, 35, and Troy Manley, 33. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Friday, Aug. 17

In what police spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi called “an act of retaliation for the Linnard Street homicide,” someone ambushed Diane Edwards, a 53 year old African American woman, and Robert Hardy Jr., a 33 year old African American man, outside their house on the 4200 block of Hamilton Avenue, just east of Belair Road. At 12:02 A.M. officers of the Northeast District responded to a call claiming a person had been shot. On arrival, the officers found the victims outside the house with apparent gunshot wounds. The victims were taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview and Johns Hopkins hospitals, where they were pronounced dead 30 minutes later.

Update: Demetrius Smith, a 30-year-old African-American, was cleared on Aug. 1 of the murder of Robert Long (see “Murder charges dropped amid Federal investigation,”) a 36-year-old Caucasian man. Smith was convicted after a trial in Feb. 2010 of the 2008 execution-style murder of Long, who had turned state’s evidence against a thief, arsonist and drug dealer named José Morales. Citing new evidence, Smith got a new trial and the state dropped the charges against him. He remains in prison on an unrelated shooting.

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