Md. State Trooper Fatally Shoots Man in Frederick

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A Maryland state trooper shot and killed a man at a gas station in Frederick on Monday, police said.

Police did not immediately identify the man who was killed, saying they were working to ID him through fingerprints.

The police narrative as of Monday afternoon is as follows:

At a Sheetz gas station around 8 a.m., a trooper who was at the store to pick something up noticed expired Maryland tags on a Lincoln Navigator. When he ran a check on the vehicle, the trooper learned that the vehicle was reported stolen in Baltimore. He then called for backup as he approached the car.

The man refused to surrender to police, then drove into a Frederick Police Department cruiser that was coming into the parking lot. He “rammed it on the driver’s side, continuing to accelerate and driving the patrol car across the parking lot, over a curb, and onto a grass area beside the lot, pinning the officer inside,” police said.

The man then jumped out of the car, and police say he quickly pulled his hands out of his pockets and lunged at Trooper William Jansen. The trooper then fired, striking the man in the torso. He later died from his injuries.

Police found a large folding knife on the man.

Jansen is a five-year veteran of the force assigned to the aviation unit.

The Frederick State’s Attorney and police department are each running investigations into the incident.

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