- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2020

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A Maryland man was fatally shot during a standoff with troopers, state police said.

Troopers were called to a home in Wicomico County on Wednesday regarding an armed man allegedly threatening suicide.

Three uniformed troopers found Rick Howell, 59, in the back yard of his Salisbury home armed with a handgun, state police said. Investigators said troopers repeatedly ordered Howell to drop his gun before firing their weapons.

Howell was pronounced dead at the scene.

State police are conducting criminal and internal affairs investigations, which is standard procedure for officer-involved shootings.

The three troopers involved have been placed on administrative leave.

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