By Associated Press - Saturday, October 10, 2015

COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) - Authorities in Maryland are identifying a man who was fatally shot by police after he allegedly confronted them with a knife.

Howard County police identified the man as 19-year-old Gary Carmona Boitano of Hyattsville.

Police said in a written statement that Boitano was shot Friday after officers were called to a home on Cardinal Lane in Columbia. A caller reported that a man with a knife was inside the home and threatening to kill him.

Police say officers who responded found Boitano in the driveway with a knife. Police san an officer was “forced to fire” at Boitano after he refused to drop the knife.

The officer who fired has been with the department for eight years and is being placed on leave, pending an internal investigation.

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