VIDEO: Commissioner Asks Where are the Marches for Police After Baltimore Officer Shot at Traffic Stop

A Baltimore police officer was shot during a traffic stop Sunday night on the west side of the city near Coppin State University.

The incident started Sunday night when the suspect car was initially spotted by a different officer at a nearby gas station. Police told WBAL TV that officer smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car and called it in.

The car was pulled over a short time later by 27-year-old Officer Andrew Groman -- a three-year veteran of the force -- and five other officers, according to police. Surveillance video showed the car was surrounded by officers.

Police said the driver followed instructions, but 19-year-old Donte Jones, who was in the back seat, wouldn't get out of the car and refused to show his hands.

Three shots were fired, striking Groman once in the abdomen, just below his bulletproof vest, police said. They do not believe any officers fired their service weapons.

Jones was chased a couple of blocks away and captured by a Baltimore City and a Coppin State police officer.

Police said Groman was listed in stable condition Monday.

City police said four people who were in the car were taken into custody, but only Jones was charged in the shooting. A city police commander said Jones is a violent repeat offender. He faces attempted murder charges in connection with Sunday's shooting, police said.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said he hopes the shooting will get the same type of attention as the grand jury decisions in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases that have led to protests around the country.

"I'm not caught on the irony of the timing of the situation. We've had marches nationwide over the fact that we've lost lives in police custody. I wonder if we're going to have the same marches as officers are shot, too," Batts told WJZ TV.

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