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TOWSON, Md. (AP) — Criminal charges will not be filed against the Maryland police officer who fatally shot a man accused of threatening to hurt himself and others.

News outlets report Baltimore County police released body camera video and 911 audio Thursday in the fatal shooting of 48-year-old Eric Sopp.

He was shot and killed on Interstate 83 in November after his mother reported he threatened to kill himself and may be driving while drunk.

The Baltimore County State's Attorney's Office declined to press charges against the officer.

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Delaware State Police say a trooper shot and killed an armed man who was threatening suicide in Lewes.

WBOC reports that authorities say that the man put twice put a handgun on the ground but refused to comply with an order not to pick it up again.

Police say it was at that point that the Trooper fired his weapon hitting the man in the upper torso.

Police began medical assistance but the man was pronounced dead at Beebe Hospital.

The trooper has been placed on administrative leave and has been with the state police for the last five years.

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FERNDALE, Md. (AP) - Police in Maryland say an officer shot and killed a man while serving an order to remove guns from his home.

Anne Arundel County police said in a statement that the shooting took place Monday as officers served the "red flag" protective order, which can be used to temporarily restrict firearms access for people found to be a risk to themselves or others.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police say a Salisbury man was injured when troopers opened fire after he charged at them with a knife.

State police said in a statement that 38-year-old Justin Marshall is undergoing treatment for gunshot wounds after the shooting early Monday.

The statement says police were dispatched to a Salisbury home for a welfare check. Marshall's mother asked for help getting him to a hospital.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's attorney general has released a report confirming that the use of deadly force was justified in the killing of a man who exchanged gunfire with police during a lengthy standoff after fatally shooting a state trooper.

In a report dated Tuesday, authorities said 26-year-old Burgon Sealy Jr. immediately began firing at officers who converged on his family's house in Middletown after he shot and killed Cpl. Stephen Ballard in the parking lot of a convenience store last April.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Police have identified the 16-year-old boy they say was shot and killed over the weekend in an exchange of gunfire with a Delaware state trooper.

Delaware State Police on Monday identified the teen as Juliun Pitcher of Smyrna. Police said Monday that a trooper stopped a vehicle in Dover shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday for a traffic violation.

Police say Pitcher, a front seat passenger, pulled out a gun as the trooper approached the vehicle.

Pitcher was killed when police say he and the trooper exchanged gunfire.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore County police say they've finished training and equipping about 1,400 officers with body-worn cameras.

The county began giving officers cameras in July 2016. The initial plan was to roll them out by 2018, but the program was accelerated after criticism related to the fatal police shooting of Korryn Gaines in 2016. The shooting was not recorded on body cameras.

Since officers first started wearing cameras, the county has handled more than 250,000 recordings covering 45,000 hours of video footage.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A judge has ruled in favor of Delaware State Police in a lawsuit filed by a man who was shot in the back by a trooper in 2013.

The judge on Wednesday rejected Keith Schueller's claims of gross negligence, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Court records show that Schueller, a suspect in several thefts, led police on a vehicle chase before crashing his car and running into a cornfield.

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Authorities in Virginia say a Newport News police officer shot and killed an armed man at a restaurant.

News outlets report Newport News police spokesman Brandon Maynard says officers received a call Saturday about a violent person at the Pondo Cafe. Arriving officers heard a gunshot from inside the restaurant, but couldn't immediately enter because it was locked.

Once inside, the tactical team engaged the suspect and an officer fatally shot him. He died on scene and remains unidentified.


BALTIMORE (AP) - The fatal shooting of an 18-year-old man by a Coppin State University police officer in Baltimore will be reviewed by prosecutors in suburban Carroll County.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the case was turned over to Carroll County after city State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby found that her office has a "potential conflict of interest in the case." Mosby's office said one of its employees is related to someone involved in the shooting, without being more specific.


DOVER, Del. (AP) - A federal judge has approved a $1.5 million settlement between the city of Wilmington and the family of a black man shot to death by police while sitting in his wheelchair.

The judge approved the settlement Tuesday, ending a lawsuit over the September 2015 shooting of 28-year-old Jeremy McDole.

Police confronted McDole, who had been paralyzed in a 2005 shooting, after receiving a 911 call about an armed man who had fired a gun.


DOVER, Del. (AP) - Federal officials say there's insufficient evidence to pursue criminal civil rights charges against Delaware police officers who fatally shot a man in a wheelchair.

Officials from the U.S. attorney's office in Delaware, the U.S. Justice Department's civil rights division and the FBI met Friday with representatives of Jeremy McDole's family. Authorities say the evidence doesn't indicate that Wilmington officers willfully used excessive force in shooting the 28-year-old man in 2015.


CHESTERTOWN, Md. (AP) - An Eastern Shore deputy who was critically wounded last week in an exchange of gunfire with a suspect in a domestic disturbance is recuperating at a hospital.

Queen Anne's County Sheriff's Deputy 1st Class Warren Hogan was taken to a Baltimore hospital after the shooting Thursday. On Monday, the department posted a photo of Hogan on Facebook and said the deputy was able to stand up with assistance.

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ELKTON, Md. (AP) - Several Maryland law enforcement officers are on administrative leave after two fugitives sought by neighboring Delaware authorities on gun and drug charges were shot to death at a motel.

Authorities say Brandon Jones and Chelsea Porter, both 25, were shot Tuesday after they pointed what appeared to be handguns at officers trying to serve arrest warrants in Maryland's Cecil County. Investigators say the weapons the two were holding turned out to be pellet guns.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A jury in Virginia has acquitted a white police officer of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a mentally ill black man with a knife.

The not guilty verdict was handed down Thursday for Norfolk police Officer Michael Edington. The 27-year-old was accused of using excessive force when he shot 35-year-old David Latham in June 2014.

Prosecutors argued that Latham held the knife at his side without advancing or retreating from Edington. The officer shot him several times.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Jurors have adjourned for the day in the manslaughter trial of a white police officer charged with fatally shooting a mentally ill black man holding a knife.

The jury deliberated for about 3  1/2 hours Wednesday and will continue deliberating Thursday in the case against Norfolk officer Michael Edington. He is charged with one count of voluntary manslaughter in the 2014 shooting death of David Latham. He faces one to 10 years in prison if convicted.

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SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) - A woman is suing a Virginia police officer who shot and killed her son while he was carrying a BB gun.

Media outlets report attorneys for Corey Achstein's mother filed the $8 million wrongful death lawsuit Monday against Suffolk Officer James Babor.

Babor shot 28-year-old Achstein in his back Dec. 28 after responding to reports of a man chasing three juveniles and threatening them with a gun.

A report said Achstein was armed with a BB gun that looked like a handgun.

Achstein was white, as is the officer.

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - An attorney for a former Portsmouth police officer convicted of voluntary manslaughter for fatally shooting an unarmed teenager is asking a judge to set aside the jury's verdict.

A jury found former officer Stephen Rankin guilty in connection with the shooting last year and recommended a 2 1/2-year prison sentence. Rankin's attorney James Broccoletti says Rankin followed the police department's use-of-force policy.

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COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) - Howard County police have identified the officer who shot a suicidal man wielding a replica pellet gun in Columbia.

Police on Wednesday identified the officer as Pft. Zachary Cerrone, a 10-year veteran of the force. He shot 42-year-old Andrew Schueler once in the torso. Schueler is still hospitalized but is expected to survive his injury.

Cerrone has been placed on standard administrative leave with pay.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The manslaughter trial of a white police officer who killed a black man in Virginia will focus largely on the seconds before the shooting.

In Tuesday's opening statements, attorneys offered contrasting views on whether a mentally ill man with a knife posed an imminent threat.

A prosecutor said David Latham stood in a doorway with a butcher knife pointed downward and made no advances toward Norfolk Officer Michael Edington. But a defense attorney said Latham moved the knife around, uttered threats and made a "small movement" with his foot.

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COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) - Police in Maryland say officers shot a man who threatened to kill his family and himself after he pointed a replica gun at officers.

Police identified the man Monday afternoon as James Andrew Schueler, 42, of Columbia.

Howard County police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said by telephone that a 911 caller reported that Schueler was heading to Columbia to kill his family Monday and mentioned "suicide by cop." Officers stopped the man's Jeep Cherokee and Llewellyn says he told officers he had a gun and wanted to hurt himself.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A judge is holding a plea hearing for man who was left a quadriplegic after being shot by Wilmington police.

Monday's plea hearing for Marvin Jones was scheduled to be conducted by teleconference link with the state hospital for the chronically ill, where Jones is receiving medical care.

Jones, a parolee from Georgia, was shot by police in January 2015 during a struggle after a traffic stop.

Delaware's attorney general's office concluded that the shooting was justified because the officers believed their lives were in danger.


PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - Prosecutors in Virginia have won a rare conviction of a white former police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teen suspected of shoplifting.

The guilty verdict Thursday was for voluntary manslaughter, a lesser charge than the original first-degree murder count. And the jury recommended a 2  1/2 year prison sentence for Stephen Rankin, a punishment far below the decade prosecutors had sought.

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The Wicomico County Branch of the NAACP has blasted Sheriff Mike Lewis for recent remarks holding President Barak Obama responsible for recent police across the county.  

NAACP Branch president Mary Ashanti told the Salisbury Daily Times that, “This kind of statement is inflammatory and reckless.”

Lewis’ direct quote from the paper reads as follows: “I’m hold Barack Hussein Obama responsible for what’s going on in the country.”

Lewis also criticized Obama’s sympathy for the Black Lives Matter movement which he said had caused a backlash against police.

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FREDERICA, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say a trooper fatally shot a man who waved a gun toward troopers during a traffic stop.

The shooting occurred Monday night after police say Caroline County, Maryland, sheriff's deputies pursued a stolen pickup truck into Delaware driven by a man wanted in burglaries in both states.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware attorney general's office says the use of deadly force last year by Dover police officer responding to a report of a man armed with a gun was arguably justified.

Authorities said in a report dated Tuesday that the state could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Officer Ryan Schmid committed a crime in shooting Terrance Fletcher last August.

Fletcher was shot in the leg by Schmid while running from another law enforcement officer after police were tipped that a person in a neighborhood near downtown Dover had a gun.

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The shooting death of Jeremy McDole has revealed that the ability for officers to use lethal force only requires the belief that it is necessary to protect others.

In a 31 page report issued by the state Attorney General’s office on its decision not to prosecute it said that only a belief was necessary whether it was reasonable or unreasonable.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Attorney General Matt Denn has asked for major reforms of the training for officers in the Wilmington Police Department.


African American leaders in Delaware want the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the police shooting death of Jeremy McDole for civil rights violations.

The 28 year old McDole was sitting in a wheel chair when he was ordered to drop a gun by police.

Authorities say when he appeared to reach for his waist the officers fired.

State Prosecutors say the will not bring any criminal charges against the officers.


DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware attorney general's office has concluded that criminal charges cannot be brought against four Wilmington police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a man in a wheelchair, although investigators concluded that one officer exhibited "extraordinarily poor" police work and should not be allowed to carry a gun.


The death of Jeremy McDole who was shot and killed  by Wilmington Police while in a wheelchair has the NAACP calling on state officials to shed more light on the case.

Police recently announced that they have finished their investigation into the shooting but have not released the results.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that police did reveal there was gunshot residue found on McDole’s hand and clothing when he was shot.

Police say that they only shot McDole when he reached for a gun after declining to raise his hands.