Maryland police kill man with pellet gun resembling assault rifle

ANNAPOLIS Md. Sun Jun 1, 2014 4:37pm EDT

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ANNAPOLIS Md. (Reuters) - Maryland police early on Friday killed a 20-year-old man armed with a pellet gun that looked like an assault rifle, a police spokeswoman said.

The officers had responded to a call about an armed dispute at about 2 a.m. EDT (0600 GMT) between two men, one of them holding what officers thought was an assault rifle.

The Prince George's County Police officers opened fire outside a Suitland, Maryland, apartment complex when the man refused to drop his weapon, spokeswoman Julie Parker said.

After several warnings to put down the gun, both officers shot and killed the man, Parker said.

The officers have been placed on administrative leave, pending further investigation. The dead man has not been identified.

Police found a pellet rifle and a pellet pistol at the scene. It is not known if drugs or alcohol were involved, Parker said.

She said the shooting and police response to what turned out to be a pellet gun had drawn some criticism on Twitter and other social media.

"You're talking about a very realistic weapon," she added.

(Reporting by John Clarke; Editing by Ian Simpson, G Crosse)

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if it looks like a duck, it’s some kind of a duck. Kids today don’t respect authority and try to literally follow the rules too close.. example, when crossing the road.. the kids will take their sweet time and even stop in the road because “Legally” they have the right-of-way… lot of good that does the kid when the driver doesn’t see them and runs them over! Same thing here… if the kid just put the gun down the airgun – airsoft gun – photo – paper mache model, what-ever! doesn’t matter if the police had it wrong in thinking it was a Firearm… it looks like a firearm so it has to be treated as one “by both the kid and the authorities”. I blame the teachers and parents, to many times I go into the High Schools and see obvious drugged out and drunk students and the teachers always say… “Not our job to police the kids, we are here to Teach” Society is taking too much of a soft line with “Time-outs” and being overly “Politically Correct”. We need to go back to teaching that Authority should be respected and Teachers who “COP-OUT” should be fired with the people who are running the schools and allowing these practices. This kid could be alive if he was properly taught! everyone wants to do everything possible to save a life from the threat of a firearms by passing laws that criminals won’t follow, how about teaching respect for all things in school! including Firearms (and replicas)

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