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Westminster Police investigating officer involved shooting on Friday

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Posted at 11:16 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 15:22:59-04

WESTMINSTER, Md. — The Westminster Police Department is investigating a officer-involved shooting that took place Friday afternoon.

According to police, at around 5:08 p.m., the Department received a telephone call from a concerned citizen who reported seeing a man walking along the railroad tracks in the area of East Green St with a rifle.

The caller further advised the subject with the rifle was staggering and had left the railroad tracks to the rear of the unit block of East Green St.

Upon arrival, officers had recognized the man from previous interactions. He was later identified as Thomas Charles Henson.

Officers reported that Henson turned towards the officers and leveled the barrel of the gun, pointing it at the officers.

Five different officers who responded fired at Henson striking him with three rounds.

He was airlifted to the Adam Crowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore where he underwent surgery and is currently listed in critical but stable condition.

None of the officers were injured.

The officers have been identified as Sergeant Christopher Workman, a Patrol Supervisor and 12-year veteran, Acting Corporal Ashley Stahlman , the Assistant Patrol Supervisor and 3-year veteran, Detective Timothy Pheabus, a Criminal Investigator with 19-years experience, Officer Brian Smith , a 1.5 year serving member of the department, and 10-year veteran Officer James O’Brien.

Each remains on administrative leave or duties pending the outcome of a routine internal investigation.