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Man shot and killed by police Tuesday morning

A man was shot and killed Tuesday morning by police officers following a series of incidents that included a Baltimore County police officer being threatened, a county police car being stolen and a chase through several jurisdictions, according to a release from the Baltimore County Police Department.

The man was later identified by Baltimore City police as 26-year-old Monpeet Chona.

The series of events began when a Baltimore County police officer saw a white Nissan on the Baltimore Beltway in the Catonsville area with its headlights off at around 2 a.m. Tuesday, according to police spokeswoman Elise Armacost.

The driver did not pull over, and the officer did not pursue the vehicle, according to the release.

About 10 minutes later, an officer from a different precinct tried to pull the vehicle over while driving south on the Beltway. Again, the driver refused to stop and again the officer did not engage in a pursuit, according to the release.

The officer later found the car had crashed at the Interstate-695/I-95 merge in the southwestern portion of the county, near the border with Baltimore City. At the scene, the officer and the driver fought. The driver threatened to shoot the officer, then stole the officer's patrol car and fled, according to the release.

How the man was able to steal the patrol car is still under investigation, the police release said.

The stolen police car was located at a Motel 6 on Caton Avenue in Baltimore City, a short distance from the ramp to I-95.

When officers responded, they saw a dark-colored Ford Bronco speeding away from the parking lot.

Officers stopped the Bronco, and while they were removing three passengers from the vehicle, a fourth moved to the driver's seat and drove off.

Police stopped the vehicle at the 3400 block of Annapolis Road and three Baltimore County officers and an officer from Anne Arundel County fired at the man, later identified as Chona, with their service weapons, according to the release.

He was taken to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died of his injuries.

The three Baltimore County officers involved in the shooting are from the Franklin, Woodlawn, and Wilkens precincts, and have 18, 19 and five years of experience, respectively, according to the police department. None of the three has been involved in a previous police-involved shooting, according to the release.

All three have been placed on administrative leave.

The incident is under investigation.

The Baltimore City Police Department is the lead investigation agency for the incident, which ended in Baltimore, while the county homicide division is also involved.

This story has been updated.

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