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Baltimore Officer Surrenders to Face Murder Charge

June 13, 2010  | 

The Baltimore officer accused of shooting an unarmed Marine outside of a nightclub has surrendered and will face first-degree murder charges, the Baltimore Police Department has announced.

Gahiji A. Tshamba turned himself in Sunday morning, following a weekend where police called him their "No. 1 suspect"; detectives handed out fliers describing him as a "dangerous/high risk apprehension"; and officers canvased neighborhoods searching for one of their own.

Tshamba is accused of shooting ex-Marine Tyrone Brown, 32, nine times outside of a Mount Vernon nightclub. Police Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld had ordered an intensified manhunt Friday that included what he called an "apprehension task force" to find Tshamba.

"The Baltimore Police Department is committed to holding itself accountable to the citizens of Baltimore," said Bealefeld. "The men and women of the agency protect and serve our city with the highest integrity. The allegations against Gahiji Tshamba in this incident are an aberration and affront to us all."

Tshamba was also involved in a 2005 officer-involved shooting that was ruled justified.

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