Man dies in Md. police shooting
Update, 8:42 p.m.
A man armed with an icepick was shot fatally by a Montgomery County police officer during a confrontation Saturday evening in downtown Silver Spring, a county police spokeswoman said.
The shooting occurred about 5:15 p.m. outside the City Place Mall on Colesville Road near Georgia Avenue, said police spokeswoman Lucille Baur.
The officer was patrolling in a car when he came upon a dispute between two men. One of them yelled that the other was armed with a knife, Baur said. The officer ordered the man to drop the knife, and came between him and the other man, Baur said.
The officer "put himself in harm's way," Baur said. The man "refused to drop" his weapon and the officer fired, she said.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not identified immediately. No age was given.
Baur said the man's weapon"was recovered and was determined to be an icepick." It was not clear how or whether the man was holding the icepick when he was confronted. But the officer "knew he was armed," Baur said.
The nature of the dispute between the two men could not be learned. Baur said that investigators believed that it began inside the mall and continued on the street outside. It was not known if the two knew each other.
A section of Colesville road was closed down while police investigated.
Update: The man wounded in the shooting has died.
Earlier: One person was severely wounded Saturday evening in downtown Silver Spring in a confrontation with police, authorities and witnesses said.
The incident occurred about 5:30 p.m. on Colesville Road, a block or two north of Georgia Avenue.
County police said the site was the location of "an officer involved shooting."
Initial reports from witnesses indicated that a confrontation occurred in the roadway.
The street was shut down while an investigation proceeded.
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