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Southgate man, 20, critically injured by police gunfire after he waves knife


A 20-year-old Southgate man was shot three times yesterday when he threatened police officers with a knife, a county police spokesman said.

Christopher Neil Bernard of the 200 block of Mac Kintosh Drive was shot in the chest, groin and shoulder and was in critical condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.

According to police spokesman Officer Vaughn Dykes, Bernard's parents came home Saturday night and found him holding his 15-year-old girlfriend at knifepoint in his bedroom. The parents ran from the house and called police from a neighbor's home, Dykes said.

Dykes said that shortly after police arrived, Bernard broke the bedroom window and threatened to kill the girl.

Officers in the special operations section took up positions inside and outside the house, he said.

About 1 a.m. yesterday, Bernard left the bedroom armed with a knife and walked toward officers, who were positioned outside the bedroom, in a threatening manner, Dykes said. He said an officer fired a rubber bullet, hitting Bernard in the chest but that it had no effect and he continued to approach the officers.

Dykes said two officers then fired at least three rounds from their 9 mm handguns, hitting Bernard three times.

He said the girl, whose name was not released, was not harmed.

Dykes said the officers involved in the shooting have been placed on routine administrative leave, pending an investigation.

Pub Date: 2/10/97

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