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Police officers shoot, kill man in Frederick

October 01, 2005|By Richard F. Belisle

FREDERICK, Md.

Two Frederick City Police officers called to the scene of an assault in progress on Friday in the 1300 block of Dahlia Drive shot and killed an 18-year-old man who they said pointed a handgun at them during a foot chase.

The weapon, recovered from under the victim's body, turned out to be an air-powered handgun which police said resembled a real gun.

The name of the victim had not been released by press time Friday.

The incident occurred around 5:30 p.m.

Officers 1st Class James Martin and Michael Weaver responded to an assault in progress involving a victim and four assailants.

The four assailants ran away, with the officers in pursuit, police said.

Police said one assailant had a handgun that they ordered him to drop. Instead, he turned and pointed the gun at the officers, police said.

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Both officers fired and the man fell to the ground. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The officers involved were placed on routine administrative leave pending an investigation, the results of which will be presented to a grand jury, police said.

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