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Man with rifle shot by police at motel remains in critical condition

A 42-year-old man remains in critical condition at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center as of Friday morning after being shot multiple times by Baltimore County police early Wednesday morning.

Cpl. Cathy Batton, a spokeswoman for Baltimore County police, said two members from the Wilkens Station who responded to the scene have been placed on routine administrative leave.

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They are Officer Kovacevich, a five-year police veteran, and Officer Neal, a three-year veteran, Batton said.

The man will be charged when he is released from the hospital, Batton said, but police do not know when that will take place.

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Police said the incident began at 3:40 a.m. Aug. 29 when officers were called to the Beltway Motel, 3648 Washington Boulevard.

According to police, a motel patron called 911 to report that a naked man armed with a rifle was standing in a room firing the weapon.

Poiice have not determined how many times the weapon had been fired, Batton said.

"The suspect had pointed a rifle at another patron at the motel prior to police arriving on the scene," Batton said Friday.

Police said when officers arrived and went to the second floor of the motel where the man was staying, the man came out of his room carrying a rifle.

"They (police) were setting up in the hallway when the suspect opened the door," Batton said.

Officers ordered him to drop the rifle, according to police, but he did not.

When he began to walk toward the officers, they shot him.

The man, whose address is in the Catonsville area, according to police, was struck multiple times.

The rifle was recovered on scene, according to police.

This story has been updated.

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