Police: Man shot, killed, after threatening 2 children with 'large butcher knife'
BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- Police say the suspect shot by a SWAT officer inside a home on N Fulton Avenue Friday morning was threatening two young children with a “large butcher knife.”
Officers were called to the scene around 6:45 a.m., for reports of a person who had a knife up to a 4-year-old child and a 1-year-old child.
A barricade was called and SWAT responded to assist.
As officers entered the house, relatives of the 39-year-old suspect said he was on drugs and acting erratically, Baltimore Police spokesperson T.J. Smith said in a briefing at the scene.
Police described the suspect as homeless but said family members allowed him to spend the night at their home.
His exact relation to the family is unclear at this time.
“He took hold of the two kids and was barricaded in a bedroom inside the home and had this knife -- the knife is a large, kitchen-style chef knife,” Smith described. "When officers arrived and were making commands for him to drop the knife, he was making threats toward the children. Out of fear for the absolute safety of those children who had a knife in close proximity to them, on their body, being pointed at their bodies, officers were forced to fire a round at least, striking the suspect.”
The suspect was pronounced deceased on the scene.
Smith described the suspect as “highly agitated” and said the situation “evolved rather quickly.”
The children are safe, uninjured and back in the custody of loved ones, Smith confirmed.
Officers were wearing body cameras, which were activated during the incident. The footage has not been released at this time and police have yet to release the identity of the suspect.
"He had a large butcher knife and was actively threatening the children with the knife," Smith said.
Per protocol, the officer who fired shots is on administrative leave.
The shooting is under investigation.
“This suspect in this scenario appears to have a long history of drug and alcohol abuse,” Smith said, adding, "This is a sad scenario all the way around because it’s still a family member and these children were in the midst of a situation that they will hopefully forget at that age. But we have a 1-year-old and a 4-year-old who were held at knife-point and then witnessed the incident take place with the shooting.”