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BALTIMORE – A man wanted on a murder warrant opened fire Tuesday morning on a pair of police officers who were attempting to approach him outside of Security Square Mall, leaving both officers injured and prompting them to return fire, according to authorities.

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The suspect, identified only as a 32-year-old man wanted on murder and handgun-related charges, later died of his injuries, Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said. The officers were taken to the University of Maryland’s Shock Trauma Center, where they were last listed in stable condition.

“What we saw today was exactly what officers go through,” Harrison said. “These are the most dangerous situations imaginable, but they did their job with bravery, with courage and with professionalism.”

Officials said two Baltimore police officers working on the Warrant Apprehension Task Force stopped outside Security Square Mall around 8 a.m. Tuesday after spotting a vehicle associated with a June 19 homicide in the city. When they attempted to approach the vehicle, a man suspected of murder got out and opened fire, striking the officers, Harrison said. Officers returned fire, injuring the man.

The officers and the suspect were taken to hospitals, where the suspect was later pronounced dead.

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott thanked the officers during a news conference Tuesday and said they were “alert and upbeat” in the hospital, despite their injuries. They remained under evaluation after the shooting and were expected to need physical therapy, though both were expected to make full recoveries.

Authorities on Tuesday declined to share details about the June 19 homicide that led to a murder charge for the 32-year-old suspect.

“It wasn’t long (after the homicide) before we actually had a warrant on that person,” Harrison said. “I can’t go into any further (detail) about the homicide itself.”

Officials continue to investigate.

“Building a safer Baltimore requires us to hold violent offenders accountable,” Scott said. “We will not allow folks to think that they are going to get away from harming people on the streets of Baltimore.”