A Baltimore County Police officer shot a man who attacked him as he responded to a domestic dispute at a Cockeysville apartment complex Thursday, authorities said.
The 37-year-old man, who has not been identified, was conscious and breathing when he was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, a police spokeswoman said. The officer was also hospitalized with injuries suffered in the altercation.
Police said they were called at 10:26 a.m. to the Hunt Club apartments in the 300 block of Wellingborough Way, for an unknown trouble call at a second-floor apartment where the officer found a man physically assaulting his elderly 72-year-old stepfather and 69-year-old mother.
The officer attempted to intervene and subdue the man when the man attacked him. The officer retreated into the hallway and downstairs, where the man assaulted the officer multiple times. The officer fired several rounds from his service weapon, striking the suspect.
"We have no indication at this point in the investigation that there was anything unjustified about this shooting," said police spokeswoman Elise Armacost. "This officer did what he was trained to do, which is to mitigate a threat. This was a struggle and an assault that continued for some time. It began on one floor and continued onto the second floor."
The suspect was not armed but police said they believed he suffered from a mental or medical problem.
"This was a physical assault by a subject that was extremely difficult to control," Armacost said.
Police said the family got into a dispute over the son's care and living arrangements.
The stepfather and mother were also taken to an area hospital for injuries resulting from the altercation.
As with all police-involved shootings, the department's homicide unit investigates is investigating.
The officer will be placed on routine administrative leave during the investigation.
The shooting is the first in the county this year involving an officer. Last year, there were seven police-involved shootings, four of which were fatal and eight police-involved shooting in 2012, of which four were fatalities.
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