A 26-year-old man drunkenly wielding a hammer was fatally shot on Christmas by a police officer in Carroll County.
The shooting happened at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday after Mr. Becker’s parents called police to report their son “had been drinking and was acting disorderly,” including smashing the windows of his truck out with a hammer.
The officers retreated behind their police cars and shouted at Mr. Becker to drop the hammer.
Despite the officers’ demands, Mr. Becker continued toward the officers. One of the officers, who has not been identified, fired his gun and struck Mr. Becker in the chest. Mr. Becker was taken to a hospital where he later died.
Police said the officer is a four-and-a-half-year veteran of the police department. He was placed on administrative leave, which is standard for police-involved shootings, the chief said.
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