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16-year-old killed in Maryland State Trooper shooting in Leonardtown

recovered knife from police involved shooting
Posted at 3:25 PM, Apr 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-15 08:30:33-04

LEONARDTOWN, Md. — A Maryland State Police trooper was involved in a shooting Tuesday, that left a 16-year-old dead.

It happened in the 23200 block of Leonard Hall Drive, not far away from the Leonardtown Barrack.

The trooper was called to the location for someone possibly armed with a gun.

Upon arrival the trooper encountered a teen in the driveway, who was reportedly armed with a gun and knife.

Witnesses told police they saw the teen in a "shooting stance", pointing a gun at the trooper.

The trooper then fired wounding the teen.

A second witness told investigators that the boy pulled out a knife and try to get up after being shot.

That's when the trooper ordered him to drop the knife before firing again.

The teen was taken to the hospital where he later died.

A firearm recovered at the scene turned out to be an airsoft gun. The knife was also recovered.

The officer has been placed on administrative leave pending investigation.