Md. man shot by police after holding knife to infant daughter

By Greg Garland
The Baltimore Sun

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A man who forced his way into his estranged girlfriend's Kent County apartment and held their 2-year-old daughter and a butcher knife while keeping police at bay was shot in the arm by a Rock Hall officer early yesterday, authorities said.

Clifton L. Blanchfield Jr., 25, refused orders to drop the knife and continued to lunge at a group of officers even after two attempts to disable him with a Taser stun gun, according to Rock Hall City Police Chief Steve Moore and a spokesman for Maryland State Police.

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