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Police: Baltimore officer fatally shoots man armed with knives

Kevin Brown

A city police officer shot a man Wednesday morning who was brandishing two long kitchen knives on a busy street in Southwest Baltimore, according to a department spokesman. Police said the man died a few hours later at a city hospital.

The officer had been dispatched to Edmondson Avenue and Denison Street near Gwynns Falls Park for a report of a man armed with a knife. When she arrived minutes before 9 a.m., police said, she encountered a man holding two knives.

Detective Kevin Brown, a police spokesman, said the officer demanded that the man drop the weapons, and she shot him at least once with her .40-caliber Glock semiautomatic handgun when he refused. Police said he was hit in the abdomen.

The name of the dead man was not released pending notification of relatives. Brown said he was 52.

The Southwest District patrol officer was not injured. She was placed on routine administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation.

Brown said detectives recovered two knives from the scene, near the westbound lanes of the road that serves as a major artery in and out of the city. The shooting occurred nearly underneath a police surveillance camera, though there was no immediate word on what the camera captured.

The street was closed for several hours during the investigation.

peter.hermann@baltsun.com

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