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UPDATE: Police Officer Shoots, Kills Knife-Wielding Man

The officer fired one shot after his Taser proved ineffective.

UPDATE (2)—From Baltimore County police spokeswoman Cathy Batton: "The officer involved in the fatal police-involved shooting is Ofc. Farrelly, an 8 year veteran assigned to Precinct 1/Wilkens Patrol Division. He has not been involved in any other police-involved shootings."

UPDATE—Baltimore County Police have identified the man fatally shot by an officer Sunday morning as Gregory Stegall, 36, according to a release from Baltimore County police. 

His last known address is in the 1200 block of North Decker Avenue, in Baltimore.

ORIGINAL—A police officer shot and killed an unruly man, wielding a knife early Sunday morning, according to a release from Baltimore County police.

The officer found the man behind a Shell service station in the area of Edmondson Avenue and North Bend Road at about 3:47 a.m. while on routine patrol.

"The officer approached the man and asked him to come out from behind the business. The suspect refused, pulled out a knife, and pointed it at the officer," the release states.

The officer first pulled his Taser, although the non-lethal weapon proved ineffective, for reasons that remain under investigation.

The knife-wielding man advanced on the officer, who ordered he drop the weapon. The man refused.

"Fearing for his life, the officer discharged his service weapon once, striking the suspect," the release states.

The suspect was transported to St. Agnes Hospital where he was pounced dead.

The officer, who was not identified in the release, has been placed on routine administrative leave.

Stay with Patch for updates.

M. Sullivan December 26, 2012 at 09:25 AM
WHAT? Do you speak English?
gsh December 26, 2012 at 03:03 PM
I'm an ER nurse....the problem here is the mental health community. There aren't enough treatment centers. All of the admission beds are always full. These people spend(not kidding) days in an ER waiting...not getting treated....waiting for a bed. Now a good percentage of these patients aren't always a clear or I should say accurate diagnosis....ie schizophrenic or bipolar. They are drug addicts....they don't want to get clean....just eant off the streets until they get their next check. I think the field of psychiatry has gotten lazy and gives everyone a diagnosis. This then does not leave any room for actual patients to get treatment. Then that leaves another small percentage who can't afford their meds and street drugs become cheaper and they self medicate. I'm not saying this at all relates to the man that was shot. Nut for gods sake after all of the recent slayings when is anyone gonna wake up and realize the conversation we should be having. Oh and this man.....don't pull a knife when the police ask you to stop loitering where its probably posted to not do so. That is all..
Sanchez December 26, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Have not mental health "beds" and services been cut dramatically?
Ed December 27, 2012 at 08:59 PM
The cops are where the rubber meets the road here. The cop who deals with it faces all sorts of Monday morning quarterbacks who think they know better. Better to aim your barbs at politicians (and the folks who elect them) who refuse to properly fund appropriate mental health facilities, some mental health advocates who think the rights of people with mental disorders outweigh the right of society to be safe, the insurance companies who look to cut corners wherever they can, etc. Lots of blame to go around, but whenever a shooting like this happens, the best we get is "Why couldn't the cop shoot his hand?" or "Why did the cop have to use a gun when the perp only had a knife?" Please get real, people.
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