For Immediate Release: 2/16/18
East Baltimore — Malcolm Coleman and Shareef Armstead were convicted of first degree attempted murder along with several other lesser included counts stemming from a January 2017 shooting. Coleman and Shareef were both sentenced to Life in prison, suspend all but 40 years.
Assistant State’s Attorneys Natalie Hynum and Dan Murphy of the Gun Violence Enforcement Division prosecuted the case.
On January 22, 2017, an officer heard gunfire while patrolling the 900 block of East Eager Street. The officer— proceeding to where he heard the gunfire — observed two men running away from a person who was lying on the ground, bleeding.
The two men— later identified as Coleman and Armstead— entered a stolen blue Subaru Legacy and fled the scene. The officer called for additional units to assist the victim, and pursued the suspects as they fled. The victim was severely wounded and had to undergo two emergency surgeries.
Coleman who was driving the Subaru, lost control of the car and crashed into the side of a building at the intersection of Eager Street and Broadway. Officers pursued Coleman and apprehended him.
Other officers pursued Armstead. While doing so, officers saw him drop a handgun while he was running and throw it under a vehicle parked on Broadway Street. Armstead was then apprehended.
Officers recovered the handgun, which was a black .40 caliber Glock 27. The gun was in the “lockback” position— indicating it had been fired until emptied. Officers at the crime scene recovered eight .40 caliber shell casings that were a ballistic match to the firearm recovered that Armstead was seen tossing.
Officers ran a check of the Blue Subaru Legacy, and learned that it had recently been reported stolen. Also, 17 capsules containing suspected cocaine and 15 pills of suspected Xanax were recovered from Coleman.
“The victim in this case is fortunate to be alive after the perpetrators of this heinous crime left him for dead,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “Because of the diligence of these officers and the excellent presentation at trial by ASAs Hynum and Murphy, we now have two violent criminals off of our streets.”