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A 42-year-old man who was naked and wielding a rifle at a Lansdowne motel is in critical condition after Baltimore County police officers shot him early Wednesday, police said.

Two officers responded to the Beltway Motel in the 3600 block of Washington Boulevard about 3:40 a.m. after a 911 call reported a naked man was shooting a rifle toward the outside of his second-floor room. When they arrived, the man came out of the room still armed with the rifle.

When officers ordered him to drop the weapon, the man did not comply and began to walk toward the officers, police said. The officers fired their weapons, striking the man multiple times, police said.

The man was transported by ground to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.

The man's rifle was recovered at the scene and detectives are still investigating. The officers involved will be placed on routine administrative leave, according to department policy, police said.

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