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Clip Shows 'Justified' Shooting By Police Officer (Video)

The moment a fleeing young man in Baltimore, Maryland, was shot and killed by a police officer after spinning and pointing his gun at the officer has been captured on video (see below). 

The Baltimore Police Department released the bodycam video that shows a chase between 18-year-old Curtis Deal and Detective David Kincaid Jr. in West Baltimore on Feb. 7. 

Out on $250,000 unsecured bail, Deal got out of a car Kincaid was following and ran, police say. Kincaid blocked Deal, who was carrying a gun in his right hand, in an alley, the Daily Mail reports.

Kincaid shouts at the young man to stop, his gun raised. At the same time, a surprised Deal points his gun at the police officer.

When the officer fires four shots at Deal in response, the bodycam is pointing away from Deal. The camera turns to Deal again when he falls to the ground, dropping his gun, which he did not fire. 

The detective then calls in the shots he fired as another police officer goes to Deal. The officers tell Deal not to move when he tries to stand up.

Deal was shot in the abdomen, hip and finger and died soon after. 

The shooting was considered necessary according to Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, who singled out Kincaid for his bravery, The Baltimore Sun reports.

Community members are wondering why Deal, who had been arrested three times on gun or drug charges in the previous four weeks, was walking free on the streets. 

"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."

Deal was charged with four handgun counts on Jan. 4, after reportedly throwing his gun away in an alley during a police chase.

The event marked the first arrest as an adult for Deal, who turned 18 in November. The young man was barred from possessing a firearm following a juvenile gun charge.

He posted $100,000 bail and was set free, but was arrested again on Jan. 30 for alleged drug dealing. 

Deal was arrested on nine drug and gun charges in early February when police caught him escaping a location where drugs were being peddled. 

WARNING: This video contains graphic scenes.

Sources: Daily Mail, The Baltimore Sun / Photo credit: Elvert Barnes/Flickr via Daily Dot / Video credit: YouTube

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