Police: Man Threatened to Kill Officers and Himself

Police said a Baltimore man was not armed when he was killed by a Howard County police officer, but threatened to kill himself and officers.


The man who was shot and killed by a Howard County police officer on Thursday evening had threatened to kill himself and police officers, but was not armed when he was shot, according to police.

Percy Holland, 32, of 586 Preston Street in Baltimore, reportedly shouted at police "You're going to have to kill me or I'm going to kill you" and "I have a gun, I will use it," according to police.

Howard County Police located Holland at a Columbia home near the 9000 Block of Constant Course after Baltimore police issued a warrant for his arrest. Baltimore police were searching for Holland at gunpoint and assaulted her early on Thursday morning.

The estranged girlfriend managed to escape and call 911, but, according to police, Holland fled with the couple's 2-year-old child.

At the home in Columbia, Holland reportedly exited the back door, claimed he had a gun, and made "furtive movements" toward one of the officers and the officer shot him, according to police.

Police said Holland was later pronounced dead at Howard County General Hospital. It is unconfirmed how many times Holland was shot and where he was struck, according to police.

Police say family members reported Holland had previously made suicidal statements. When officers arrived at the house that evening, family members said Holland told them that police “weren’t going to take him alive.”

The 2-year-old child was not at the scene of the shooting, but was later located unharmed at the home of a relative, according to police.

Police said they did not find a gun at the scene.

Sgt. Justin Baker, 34, a patrol supervisor for the Howard County Police Department was identified as the shooter, according to police. Baker has been with the police department for 12 years. He has been placed on administrative leave during an internal affairs investigation, according to police.

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Colliemom August 10, 2012 at 09:38 PM
I think anytime a police officer is threatened, he/she has every right to take any action needed to protect him/herself. It's an ugly situation; think the officer tries to calm things down, but if the person makes a move to harm the officer - think that officer is completely correct to shot to kill. The police don't have second sight; they can't tell if a threatening person has a gun, if the gun they have is real or not, etc, etc. No officer needs to just stand there while they are shot and killed. Simple lesson - don't act crazy, don't threaten anybody, and if you tell a police officer you're going to kill them and make a move - so long buddy.
Sara Weakley Kirkpatrick August 11, 2012 at 03:27 AM
If anyone wants to better understand what the police face and how they're trained, Howard County Police offer a Citizens' Academy for county residents. It's eye-opening and fun! The registration form can be found on their website: http://www.howardcountymd.gov/crimeprevention.htm
Jessica August 11, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Sounds like that guy had "suicide by cop" in his mind the entire time.
Polly August 12, 2012 at 12:40 PM
I agree Jessica. And, I for one am sick and tired of these cowards taking the easy way out. Think of the emotional trauma that officer now has to live with knowing he just took a life. Certainly justified in this instance.
Nickell L. Saddler August 14, 2012 at 04:06 AM
Say what you want to say, people always want to be quick to judge and no nothing about the situation. Everything is not always black and white. For that matter why couldn't the cop have just wounded him? Did you stop and think of what emotional trauma this young man went through to get to this point? Atleast this cop gets to live another day to go home to his family. Percy's child is now fatherless! Let us not forget that!


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