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Balt. police fatally shoot man armed with knife

Richard Irwin
Baltimore Sun

BALTIMORE, Md. — A Northwest Baltimore man who lunged at police with a knife yesterday was shot multiple times by officers and died less than two hours later at a hospital, a police spokesman said.

The names of the man and the two officers involved were not released.

Shortly after 4 p.m., at least two Northwestern District uniformed officers were dispatched to the 3500 block of Olympia Ave. for a report of an armed man, said Sterling Clifford, the spokesman. The officers saw a man with a kitchen knife chasing another man down the street, Clifford said.

The spokesman said the officers approached the man and ordered him numerous times to drop the knife. He stopped chasing the man, but turned toward the officers, who continued to order him to drop the knife, he said.

Clifford said when the armed man continued to approach the officers and lunged at them, at least one officer or both fired their .40-caliber Glock semiautomatic handguns, hitting him multiple times in the upper body.

The man was taken by a city Fire Department ambulance to a nearby emergency room, where he died at 5:30 p.m., Clifford said.

He said neither officer was injured and that both were placed on administrative leave while homicide detectives investigate the shooting.

Clifford said it was not known why the man with the knife was chasing the other man.

He said yesterday's fatal shooting by police was the sixth so far this year. In 2007, 31 people were shot by police, 17 of them fatally.

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