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Police Shoot, Kill Baltimore Man in Columbia

The man was wanted in Baltimore City on a warrant for first- and second-degree assault, as well as gun charges, according to police.

UPDATE - 11:55 a.m. - This story was updated to include additional information about the 2-year-old. For more information on the suspect see the latest article - http://patch.com/A-wPDn

Original Story

A Howard County police officer shot and killed a Baltimore man in Columbia Thursday evening after he allegedly held his estranged girlfriend at gunpoint, said police.

The estranged girlfriend reported that the man, whose identity has not yet been released, had broken into her home just after midnight on Thursday and awakened her by putting a gun to her head, according to police. 

Police said the woman was held overnight as the suspect assaulted her. In the morning, she was able to escape and call 911, but the suspect escaped with the couples 2-year-old, according to police.

Around 7:45 p.m. Thursday evening, police located the suspect at an acquaintance's house near the 9000 block of Constant Course in Columbia, according to a statement from Howard County Police Department (HCPD).

Both Baltimore City and Howard County police responded to the scene; the suspect was wanted in Baltimore City on a warrant for first- and second-degree assault, gun charges and reckless endangerment, reported HCPD in a statement.

Officers were let into the Columbia home by a resident and located the suspect behind the house, according to police. 

Police said officers ordered the suspect to show his hands repeatedly but he did not comply. At that time, a Howard County police officer shot the suspect, according to police.

The suspect was later pronounced dead at Howard County General Hospital, according to police. Police said no one else was injured in the incident.

The 2-year-old was later located unharmed at a relative's home, according to police. 

Police have not released the name of the suspect, pending next of kin notification.

The officer involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative leave as internal affairs investigates the case, according to police.

Editor's Note, Correction: The original version of this story stated the girlfriend had been able to escape with the couple's 2-year-old, however, she did not. Police later reported the suspect left with the 2-year-old.

Peter Monaghan August 10, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Wow! Intense.
MG42 August 10, 2012 at 03:21 PM
I'm not shedding tears over this criminal getting shot, but was he armed at the time of death?
Tim Helble August 10, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Having an unwed mother is the #1 predictor of future poverty. What's in the future for this 2-year old child?
Greg G. August 12, 2012 at 02:19 AM
If she was allowed to have a taser, She might have protected herself. Thanks to myopic rules Howard County is one of five counties in the entire US that does not allow non-lethal tasers as a form of defense. I can buy a shot gun that will always kill someone, but not a taser.

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