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Ellicott City man believed to be suicidal is shot and killed by police

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Howard County police shot and killed a man they said was suicidal and confronted them with a knife Saturday morning, the second such incident this week in the county.

Police said a man called 911 twice around 6:30 a.m. reporting that someone was armed with a knife and threatening to kill people inside a house in the 5000 block of Montgomery Road in Ellicott City. Police believe the man they later shot, who was not yet been publicly identified, made the calls.

Three officers who went to the scene were "confronted" by the 61-year-old man with a knife in the front yard, police said. An officer tried to use a Taser on the man, but he ran inside the house. Moments later, the man came outside the house with a knife and came toward the officers as they ordered him to drop his weapon, according to police.

Two officers shot at the man, killing him. Two "large" knives were found at the scene, according to police. A relative of the man was at home at the time but was not injured.

Family members told police the man had recently talked about suicide.

The officers who shot the man will be placed on routine administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

On Wednesday, another man in Ellicott City, Darren Friedman, 45, was shot and killed by police after officers say he had stabbed himself with a knife and then charged police. Howard County police said they have had five other police-involved shootings in the last five years, two of which were fatal.

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