Keith Barney

Keith Barney is facing multiple charges after allegedly exchanging gunfire with a school police officer. (Baltimore Police Department)

Keith Lanard Barney, 22, of the 1000 block of Braddish Avenue has been charged with multiple handgun charges after an exchange of gunfire with a school police officer on June 8. At about 9:20 a.m police responded to a shooting in the 200 block of Collins Avenue.  A school police officer was in his vehicle when he saw a shooting in the Irvington neighborhood of Southwest Baltimore, the police said in a statement.

“We know about 9:20 this morning a school police officer was in the area and observed what they believe to be a non-fatal shooting occurring,” said Baltimore Police Lt. Jarron Jackson. According to police, the officer then got out of his car and chased after the suspect. The school officer has not been identified.

During the chase, the school officer was forced to open fire when Barney started shooting. Witnesses told police, they heard loud bangs and took cover in the Irvington neighborhood-a sound they say is becoming all too familiar. “It’s starting to become pretty routine now, I don’t know what is going on, but it seems it’s happening too often now,” said one neighbor to police. The victim, a 34 year old male, suffered a non-life threatening gunshot to the leg, not related to the shooting involving Barney and the school officer. Police do not identify victims of non-fatal shootings. Neither the officer nor the suspect were struck by gunfire.

Witnesses say the suspect tried to get away in a car, where police found the gun, but couldn’t due to an accident involving two other cars.

Barney is facing charges of attempted first degree murder, first degree assault, second degree assault, attempted murder, handgun violation, possession of a firearm/felony-violent crime and deadly/dangerous weapon conceal-carry. No attorney was listed for Barney in court records. He is being held without bail at Central Booking Intake Facility.

“This is a very complicated scene, we need as much information as we can to piece together all the pieces of this puzzle,” police say.

When asked for comment or a statement for AFRO, city schools spokesperson Karen Parks said Baltimore city schools would not be releasing a statement due to the “investigation now being taken on by Baltimore City Police.”