Elkridge teenager shot 8 times by Howard County police dies

Shooting remains under investigation

November 14, 2011|By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun

The Elkridge teenager shot by Howard County police a week ago died over the weekend, Howard County police said.

Police described the incident that took place last Monday afternoon as a standoff, saying that Jeffrey Dustin Nichols, 19, refused to drop a handgun. Officers, called to Elkridge for reports of shots fired, followed Nichols along railroad tracks to an area behind an industrial park 7400 block of Hi Tech Drive, where he again refused to drop the weapon and was shot eight times. The weapon turned out to be a pellet gun that looked like a handgun, police said.

Police had been called to Nichols' home in the 6600 block of Grouse Road twice in about two months, telling officers one of those times to shoot him and "make it quick." Police took him to hospitals for evaluations after those incidents. Last week, Nichols' father said his son was a smart young man who had psychological problems.

Seven officers are on administrative leave while the shooting is under investigation.


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