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Deputy shoots, kills armed man

June 23, 2005|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

FREDERICK, Md. - For the second time in less than 18 months, an officer from the Frederick County Sheriff's Department has shot and killed a man in the line of duty.

According to a news release issued by the department, a seven-year veteran of the department shot an armed man Wednesday at 2:16 p.m. in the 4300 block of Araby Church Road, south of Frederick. Charles Nobel Sines, 68, of Frederick, was struck once in the chest and taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Police said the deputy immediately administered first aid to the victim, who had been holding and refusing to put down a 12-gauge shotgun inside the home.

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Deputy 1st Class Jennifer Bailey, the department's spokeswoman, said the direction in which Sines was pointing the shotgun at the time he was shot remains under investigation. Sines had been making threats on Wednesday against his mother and brother, "saying he was going to kill them," Bailey alleged.

Bailey said the deputy who shot Sines was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation. She said such an investigation is standard procedure.

"Certainly, any type of incident like this is difficult for the families on both sides ... but as police officers, sometimes they have to take action," Bailey said.

Bailey said the shooting was the first since March 2004 in which an officer from the department shot and killed someone in the line of duty.

On March 20, 2004, Todd A. Fuller, then 25, was fatally shot by Sgt. John D. Benner, who responded to an incident outside of the Hampton Inn on Buckeystown Pike south of Frederick.

Deputies have said Fuller fired a handgun at two Maryland State Police troopers from the Frederick barrack who were trying to persuade him to drop the weapon, and later pointed a gun at a deputy while trying to re-enter a business.

Bailey said Wednesday that Benner was cleared of any wrongdoing and remains on active duty with the department.

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