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Chief: Maryland City Police kill man with knife


Authorities say police in Frederick, Maryland fatally shot a man with a knife during a weekend encounter after ignoring orders to drop the weapon

FREDERICK, MD — Police in Frederick, Md. fatally shot and killed a knife-wielding man after ignoring officers’ orders to drop the weapon, according to the city’s police chief and attorney general’s office. the state.

Frederick Police Department officers attended an apartment around 6:20 p.m. Saturday looking for a man wanted for a parole or probation violation, Chief Jason Lando said at a conference call. press.

Officers entered the residence after a woman answered the door, and found the man in a closet, Lando told local media.

The three officers began speaking with the man, ordering him to “drop the knife”, while backing away from him, according to a statement released Sunday by the Independent Investigations Division of the Attorney General’s Office, which investigation of the incident.

“The man then quickly walked towards one of the officers with the knife outstretched in front of him. At that point, two of the officers discharged their firearms, striking the man,” the press release reads. .

Officers called an ambulance and attempted to resuscitate the man, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. Neither the suspect nor the officers involved were immediately identified.

The attorney general’s office said all officers at the scene were equipped with body cameras, which recorded the encounter. Images are usually released within 14 days, according to the press release.

Frederick is a city of approximately 80,000 people located about 80 kilometers northwest of downtown Washington, D.C.

Joanna Swanson

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