There have unfortunately been many instances of police shootings in recent years, some of which have led to civil suits against the police. One example of how Maryland law addresses such cases is a recent unreported opinion from Maryland’s intermediate appellate Court called William Torbit, Sr. v. Baltimore City Police Department.
The Court’s opinion indicates that Baltimore City police officers were called to the scene of a nightclub, where fights had broken out inside. The police Major decided to close the club, and a fight then broke out in the parking lot. A man wearing dark clothing was knocked to the ground, then pulled a weapon and began shooting at a group of people. Four officers fired their weapons, killing the man in dark clothing and one other persons and wounding two others. It later turned out that the man in dark clothing was a plainclothes police officer.