Baltimore, MD – Police responding to a family disturbance call on Sunday fatally shot a man who was holding a woman at knifepoint. Officers responded to the call shortly after 10:30 am in the 1800 block of East Lafayette Avenue.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison reported that a family member outside of the home informed officer when they arrived that there was a suspect inside the home holding a woman at knifepoint. The officer’s bodycam shows them entering the home and discovering three people in the hallway. One of the individuals leaves the home when the officers entered. The suspect and the victim remained inside.

The officers attempted to deescalate the situation, but were unsuccessful in getting the suspect to drop the knife.  When the suspect refused officers opened fire, striking the suspect. Officers administered first aid, but the suspect died at the scene. Fortunately the woman was not injured.

“What we saw is the suspect grabbed the victim, apparently by her hair, and motioned as if he was going to stab her with the large knife he had in his hand. At that time, we believe one, possibly, two of our officers fired at the suspect and hit that suspect. At that time, we were able to get the female out of the hallway, who was not injured.” – Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison

The suspect’s family was upset over the shooting, claiming that the police could have handled the situation differently.

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“The most important thing today is we have a family dealing with a tragedy. We cannot allow people to harm people especially when officers are standing right there. When you’re dealing with someone who clearly will take someone’s life, they have to react in a way that they do in their other training,” – Mayor Brandon Scott