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Maryland trooper shoots, kills teen who had airsoft gun and knife, investigators say

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LEONARDTOWN, Md. — A Maryland State Police trooper responding to a pair of 911 calls shot and killed a young person who was pointing what investigators decided was an airsoft gun at him, authorities mentioned Tuesday.

The capturing occurred after state police acquired two 911 calls about somebody appearing suspicious, Superintendent Woodrow Jones II informed a information convention. The primary caller mentioned he thought the individual had a gun, left a phone quantity however didn’t give an tackle earlier than hanging up, Jones mentioned.

A second caller gave a road tackle for the suspicious individual that was a brief distance from the Leonardtown barracks, however the caller hung up earlier than figuring out themselves, Jones mentioned.

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Jones mentioned the trooper, who responded alone, encountered Peyton Ham, 16, who he mentioned had a gun and a knife. In accordance with the superintendent, a witness mentioned they noticed Ham within the driveway of the house “in a capturing stance” and pointing a weapon on the trooper.

The shooting unfolded in Leonardtown, southeast of Washington, DC.

The capturing unfolded in Leonardtown, southeast of Washington, DC. (Fox 5 WTTG)

“The trooper fired on the male, wounding him,” Jones mentioned. In accordance with one other witness, Ham then pulled out a knife and tried to stand up.

“The trooper ordered him to drop the knife earlier than he fired once more,” Jones mentioned, including that the trooper reported the capturing and referred to as for emergency personnel whereas different troopers gave first support. Ham was taken to a close-by hospital, the place he was pronounced useless, Jones mentioned.

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An investigation revealed that the weapon Ham wielded was an airsoft gun, which is often used to shoot BBs and which Jones referred to as “a detailed illustration of an precise handgun.”

{The teenager} was white, as is the trooper who shot him, in keeping with Maryland State Police spokesman Greg Shipley.

The trooper, who has been with the state police for 2 years and 7 months, has been positioned on administrative depart pending the investigation, Jones mentioned. The trooper was not harm, he added.

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Maryland State Police troopers don’t put on physique cameras, and Jones mentioned investigators will search for video from the encircling space. He mentioned dashcam video didn’t seize the incident.

Leonardtown is about 60 miles southeast of Washington, D.C.

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