LEONARDTOWN, Md. (AP) — A Maryland State Police trooper responding to a pair of 911 calls shot and killed a teenager who was pointing what investigators determined was an airsoft gun at him, authorities said Tuesday.
The shooting occurred after the trooper responded to a call about a person who was possibly armed with a gun near the State Police barracks in Leonardtown around 1:30 p.m, Superintendent Woodrow Jones II said during a news conference.
Jones said the responding trooper encountered a 16-year-old at a home and shot him. Jones said the trooper fired a second time after the teenager brandished a knife as he tried to get up. The teen was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
The trooper, who has been with the state police for two years, seven months, has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation, Jones said.