Suspect not struck but police had difficult time getting angry residents to believe story.
Jennifer A.J. Greene had come under scrutiny after a fatal Metro fire and the slow response to a choking toddler.
A news crew and at least one witness had reported seeing a shooting in downtown Baltimore.
According to a police document obtained by The Post, a prisoner in a separate compartment of the same Baltimore police van as Freddie Gray spoke to officers after the ride.
An ominous message pushed officers to mobilize near a busy mall and transit station.
There was no repeat of Monday’s violence, in which dozens of people pelted police, looted stores and set things ablaze. But tensions remained as the city sought to return to normal.
Freddie Gray died at 25, one week after being arrested by Baltimore police and suffering a severe spinal injury.
At least 15 officers were injured and 27 people were arrested as crowds of young people protesting the treatment of Freddie Gray moved south through the city, setting fire to vehicles and at least one store.
Police said 35 people were arrested after Saturday’s protests over the death of Freddie Gray turned violent.
Fans at an Orioles game were briefly asked to remain inside the stadium after a protest over a police-custody death left six unoccupied police cars damaged.