16-year-old killed in Maryland State Trooper shooting in Leonardtown

James Marshall
April 14, 2021

A patrol trooper has shot dead an armed 16-year-old teenager in the USA state of Maryland on Tuesday, Maryland State Police said, adding that the investigation was underway. He was transported from the scene to MedStar St. Mary's Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Jones said the trooper, who responded alone, encountered Peyton Ham, 16, who he said had a gun and a knife.

The trooper, who has been with the state police for two years, seven months, has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation, Jones said.

The trooper was reportedly called to the location for someone possibly armed with a gun. According to the superintendent, a witness said they saw Ham in the driveway of the home "in a shooting stance" and pointing a weapon at the trooper. The trooper then ordered Ham to drop the knife, before he fired again, the statement reads. According to another witness, Ham then pulled out a knife and tried to get up.

The trooper - who was assigned to the Leonardtown Barrack and has been a Maryland state trooper for almost three years - reported the shooting and called for EMS, police said. Aid was rendered to Ham by troopers and sheriff's deputies until EMS arrived. This is procedure in all trooper-involved shootings.

Fox News has reached out to the Maryland State Police seeking comment.

The incident will be investigated by police, and findings will be reviewed by the county state's attorney's office.

Maryland State Police crime scene technicians responded and are processing the scene. A gun was recovered at the scene.

The gun recovered at the scene was determined to be an airsoft gun. An autopsy will be conducted soon.

Sources told Baltimore's FOX 45 that the trooper had shot the armed man, but was still alive and the trooper was not injured.

Police said the teenager confronted a trooper with what turned out to be an Airsoft gun.

The investigation is continuing.

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