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Man Confronts Officers With Knife, Shot and Killed By Md. Police

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Scene of officer-involved shooting on Montgomery Ave. in Ellicot City. (Credit: Heather Curtis/All-News 99.1)

Scene of officer-involved shooting on Montgomery Ave. in Ellicot City. (Credit: Heather Curtis/All-News 99.1)

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UPDATED: Aug. 26, 2014 2:56 p.m.

LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — A man who police say confronted officers with a knife was shot and killed after refusing orders to drop the weapon.

Howard County Police responded to a home in the 5000 block of Montgomery Road in Ellicott City around 6:30 a.m. on Aug. 23.

Officials say a man called 911 twice reporting that someone with a knife was at the home and was planning to kill everyone in the home. Detectives believe the calls were made by the man himself.

Three officers arrived at the home and were confronted by a 61-year-old man, identified as Hernan Milton Ossorio, with a knife in the front yard. One officer deployed a Taser, but the man was able to run inside the home.

The man then came back outside and confronted officers with the knife a second time. Police say officers repeatedly ordered the man to drop the knife, but he continued toward them.

Two officers then fired their weapons, killing the man.

Two large knives were found at the scene.

Family members told police that he had been recently talking about suicide. One family member was home at the time of the incident and was not injured.

The two officers will be placed on paid administrative leave during an internal investigation, which is standard procedure following a shooting incident.

The officers are identified as 25-year-old Police Officer First Class Russell DiAngelo, 25, a four-year veteran, and 22-year-old Police
Officer Susannah Raff, who joined the department last year. The officers are on paid administrative leave during an internal investigation,
which is standard procedure following a shooting incident.

The investigation is ongoing.

Officials say this is the second police-involved shooting in Howard County this week. Both cases involved suicidal subjects.

Over the last five years, Howard County police have had five other shooting incidents, two fatal. In one non-fatal case last year, officers exchanged gunfire with a suspect who shot a police officer.

Both the officer and suspect later recovered from their injuries.

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