ANNAPOLIS, Md. — An Annapolis police officer shot a stabbing suspect to death early Tuesday as the man charged forward to stab a woman one last time, Chief Michael Pristoop said.
Officers were called to Copeland Street where police said a person reported seeing William Brown, 31, on top of Ronnesha Simms, 29, in a parking lot, stabbing her. Brown dropped the knife and that person kicked it out of reach, but Brown went into a home and came back out with a knife just as officers arrived, police said.
The officer pulled up 15 to 20 feet away from Simms, who was calling for help, Pristoop said, and when Brown approached them with the knife, the officer fired to protect Simms and himself, Pristoop said. But even after he was shot, Brown was able to stab Simms one more time.
Simms and Brown were both taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where they were was pronounced dead, police said.
The officer, a 14-year veteran who has not been identified, has been placed on routine administrative leave. Investigations into the stabbing and shooting are ongoing.
“It was very justified,” Pristoop said. “The officer acted professionally and was only feet away from an assault suspect armed with a knife.”
The same officer was involved in a fatal shooting in 2007 as a member of the department’s SWAT team and that shooting was determined to be justified, Pristoop said.
The altercation between Brown and Simms was likely domestic, Pristoop said, noting at least one domestic incident last year in which Brown assaulted Simms.
Brown was part of the state’s Violence Prevention Initiative, in which violent offenders are closely monitored, after he was charged with assault, robbery and attempted kidnapping last year. He pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and was sentenced to 10 years, with all but 125 days suspended. Pristoop said at a news conference that he was “concerned” Brown was back out on the street.
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