Judge Denies Bail for 33-Year-Old Attempted Murder Defendant

A 33-year-old man accused of attempted murder, who was deemed a danger to the community, was denied bail on Jan. 25 before Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Phillip Jackson

Phillip Armstrong is charged with first-degree and second-degree attempted murder, first and second-degree assault, having a handgun on his person, having a handgun in a vehicle, illegal possession of a regulated firearm, possession of firearms, illegal possession of ammo, discharging firearms, reckless endangerment, and use of a firearm during a violent crime in connection to an incident on June 5, 2021. 

During a bail hearing on Tuesday, Judge Jackson listened as the prosecutor informed the court that there is video footage of the defendant shooting at the victim as well as the defendant confessing to being in the video. She also said the defendant was shooting down a crowded street while children were behind him. 

In addition, she noted that the victim identified the defendant as the shooter. 

Armstrong’s defense attorney, Paul Polansky argued that although the video shows the defendant with a gun in his hand, there were bullets on both sides of the street. He also said the victim never identified Armstrong as the shooter nor did anyone else. Polansky also added that the complaining witness has been uncooperative. 

After listening to counsel, Judge Jackson deemed the defendant to be a danger to the community as well as the victim and denied bail. 

According to Baltimore Fox, on June 5, 2021 officers were called to the 1600 block of Olmstead Street after receiving reports of shots being fired. They found a 36-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds. 

Armstrong’s next hearing is scheduled for Feb. 7.