State trooper fatally shoots woman in Hampstead

April 12, 2011|By Baltimore Sun

A Carroll County woman was fatally shot by a Maryland state trooper after she pointed a gun at him during a confrontation at a Hampstead home, state police said late Monday.

State police were called about 5:40 p.m. to a home in the 4600 block of Upper Beckleysville Road for a domestic dispute. A second emergency call reported that the 40-year-old woman had a gun and was threatening to kill herself, state police said in a news release. The woman's sister said she and a teenage daughter had locked themselves in a bedroom for protection, police said.

The woman, who lived with her sister, pointed the gun at a state trooper from a window and refused commands to put it down, police said. The trooper then shot the woman.

She was flown by medevac helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she was pronounced dead.

No other injuries were reported.

Police have not released the woman's name or identified the trooper involved in the shooting.

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