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Frederick deputy shoots, kills man who lunged at troopers with scissors

October 24, 2008

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- A Frederick County sheriff's deputy shot and killed a Frederick man who lunged at Maryland State Police troopers with a pair of scissors Friday, the sheriff's office said.

The names of the 40-year-old suspect and the 38-year-old deputy were being withheld pending until relatives are notified, Cpl. Jennifer Bailey said.

She said the deputy, a corporal who and 12-year sheriff's office veteran, is on administrative leave with pay while authorities investigate the shooting.

The shooting occurred around 11 a.m. just south of the Francis Scott Key mall, where the suspect allegedly stole a necklace worth more than $500 from a Kay Jewelers store, police said.

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The deputy chased the man on foot and caught up with him near the Francis Scott Key Holiday Inn, Bailey said. There, he stopped running and brandished a pair of scissors, she said.

She said the man ignored orders from the deputy and troopers to drop the weapon and "engaged the troopers with the scissors." The deputy then fired his service revolver.

The man was pronounced dead at Frederick Memorial Hospital, Bailey said.

It was the second fatal shooting of a suspect by a Frederick County sheriff's deputy this year. On June 9, three deputies shot and killed Don S. Garrett, 39, of Frederick, after he lunged at deputies with a knife outside his apartment complex. The three deputies were cleared of wrongdoing, and all returned to active duty.

Two other suspects were shot and killed this year by Frederick city police officers.

On July 22, Officer Frank Rucci killed David J. Bauman, 52, of Frederick, after Bauman approached Rucci's squad car and refused to drop a claw hammer he was carrying. On Friday, a Frederick County grand jury cleared Rucci of wrongdoing.

On Oct. 6, Officer Daniel Sullivan fatally shot Bradley J. Bailey, 46, of Frederick, after Bailey pointed a handgun at him.

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