For Immediate Release: 10/5/2017
Northeast Baltimore — A Baltimore City jury convicted Davi Ralph of first degree assault, use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence, being a felon in possession of a handgun after a disqualifying crime, and illegally carrying and transporting a handgun for firing a handgun at Baltimore Police officers during a foot pursuit.
Assistant State’s Attorneys (ASA) Richard Gibson and Justin Dickman of the Major Investigations Unit prosecuted the case.
On May 31 2016, at approximately 11:15 p.m., Sergeant Julius Dockett Officer Vladimy Vertus received a call for shots fired at the intersection of Aisquith and Montpelier Streets. Upon arrival, the officers observed Ralph holding something on the side of his pants, and Sergeant Dockett instructed Officer Vertus to stop Ralph.
Ralph fled when he saw police approaching him, and a foot chase ensued.
At one point, the defendant turned, pointed a handgun at Officer Vertus, and began shooting multiple times. Officer Vertus fell to the ground to take cover, and did not sustain any injuries.
Sergeant Dockett observed the defendant discharge the gun, and reported the incident through his department-issued radio. Multiple officers responded the call. Two of the responding officers engaged Ralph in the 1700 block of Homestead Street—firing their weapons and striking Ralph several times.
A loaded black semi-automatic Beretta 9mm handgun was recovered from the defendant.
ASA Dickman says the City’s law enforcement community feels “indebted” to the jury for holding Ralph accountable for firing a gun at police officers that were “merely there to protect and serve the community.”
“We are grateful that the jury considered all the evidence and reached a just conclusion,” continued ASA Dickman. “We presented a compelling case based on officer testimony, ballistics evidence and forensic evidence.”
State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby says it is important to send a message to criminals that the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City (SAO) will utilize the full weight of the law in prosecuting those who inflict or attempt to inflict violence on members of law enforcement. She pointed to the office’s commitment to hold Gregg Thomas accountable for shooting Baltimore Police Sergeant Keith McNeill in March of 2014, which was evident through the four trials it took to convict him for his heinous act. Thomas was sentenced to Life imprisonment plus 35 years in May of 2017.
“If you shoot at a police officer, we are going to come after you with everything we’ve got,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “There is absolutely zero tolerance for violence in this City, and this defendant will face serious repercussions for his reckless actions.”
Ralph — who had assault, burglary, and felony drug convictions prior to the shooting — is facing 63 years in prison for his crimes. He is scheduled to be sentenced on November 9, 2017.