UPDATE: Police Officer Shoots, Kills Knife-Wielding Man

The officer fired one shot after his Taser proved ineffective.

UPDATE (2)—From Baltimore County police spokeswoman Cathy Batton: "The officer involved in the fatal police-involved shooting is Ofc. Farrelly, an 8 year veteran assigned to Precinct 1/Wilkens Patrol Division. He has not been involved in any other police-involved shootings."

UPDATE—Baltimore County Police have identified the man fatally shot by an officer Sunday morning as Gregory Stegall, 36, according to a release from Baltimore County police. 

His last known address is in the 1200 block of North Decker Avenue, in Baltimore.

ORIGINAL—A police officer shot and killed an unruly man, wielding a knife early Sunday morning, according to a release from Baltimore County police.

The officer found the man behind a Shell service station in the area of Edmondson Avenue and North Bend Road at about 3:47 a.m. while on routine patrol.

"The officer approached the man and asked him to come out from behind the business. The suspect refused, pulled out a knife, and pointed it at the officer," the release states.

The officer first pulled his Taser, although the non-lethal weapon proved ineffective, for reasons that remain under investigation.

The knife-wielding man advanced on the officer, who ordered he drop the weapon. The man refused.

"Fearing for his life, the officer discharged his service weapon once, striking the suspect," the release states.

The suspect was transported to St. Agnes Hospital where he was pounced dead.

The officer, who was not identified in the release, has been placed on routine administrative leave.

Stay with Patch for updates.

Steve December 23, 2012 at 04:40 PM
....and it would keep people from complaining about their pizza too. http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/man-shot-at-st-pete-pizza-joint-had-been-complaining-about-slow-service/1266589
Just common sense December 23, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Sanchez. This is why people will continue to use a CCW arguement...because they interject it into converations that it has no business being in. This guy was obviously a threat to society...or atleast this one officer. And you say it should be legal for him to carry a handgun? Jump on stories where innocent people are vicitimed and their lifes are placed in danger. Dont try and sell your views on a guy who attacked an officer wiith a knife to try and make your political movement. Stupid.
Lew W December 23, 2012 at 09:41 PM
There is a lesson here. When a police officer identifies himself and gives you commands, you obey them. You do not advance on a police officer with a weapon. It is that simple.
Don Julio December 23, 2012 at 09:43 PM
No man will try to scare or attack an officer with a knife and that be considered deadly when the officer himself would have deadly firearm. In that case the man would not have been in the right state or just have an illness who lost there way from home and let's just say if he would have had been schizophrenic.
Lablover December 23, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Don Julio, or perhaps the man thought he could hurt or kill the Police officer. Obviously a mistake on his part. The officer tried to use non lethal force but for whatever reason the Taser malfunctioned and he was forced to use deadly force.
Lew W December 23, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Don Julio - So you find it acceptable to advance on a police officer with a knife? If the answer is yes, it speaks volumes for today's society. I want that police officer to protect himself and my family.
William Metzner, Sr. December 23, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Right on, Sanchez! Law-abiding citizens should be able to protect themselves with greater force, if needed, than the aggressor.
William Metzner, Sr. December 23, 2012 at 11:18 PM
TO "Just Common Sense": Re-read what Sanchez posted. I think you misconstrued what he said.
Don Julio December 24, 2012 at 12:22 AM
I don't think I said that I'm just stating it would be stupid of a person to even think they could cause an officer harm knife versus gun and a shot to kill. There should have been a warning shot even though the taser gun was ineffective. Could have been he had alot of clothing on to cause it not to penetrate the skin and there is no reason the officer had to shoot to kill although it might not have been intentional.
M. Sullivan December 24, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Yea right, Don. Maybe the cop should have just shot the knife out of the guy's hand! You don't fire at an assailant advancing toward you without intending to kill.
Don Julio December 24, 2012 at 12:51 AM
So what your saying is its ok to shoot/kill a sick/mental or disordered human being that he did not know what he is doing and a shot to the chest is unnecessary. The other thing is it was a little pen/pocket knife.
Lablover December 24, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Don Julio, BCoPD officers are not allowed to fire warning shots. According to this article the officer ordered the man to drop the knife and he refused.
John L. December 24, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Warning shot? This is not cowboys TV.. Modern Police Officers are trained, & for good reason, never to fire a warning shot when you are in danger. You may not survive...Shoot for center mass always, that is the rule. Do you really know how dangerous it has become out on the street?.People sure are dumb when it comes down to real life.........
Don Julio December 24, 2012 at 01:16 AM
So if your a trained officer a little pocket knife puts you in danger? Just watch the news at 11. I'm not up for this debate. I said what I had to say.
amark December 24, 2012 at 02:22 AM
How many more people have to die before we get serious about knife control in this country?
Lablover December 24, 2012 at 04:20 AM
Don Julio, I guess you are saying that a "possibly" mentally ill person with a little pocket knife is not capable of hurting/killing a trained officer? From what this article indicated along with what has been on TV it sounds to me like the officer did what he/she was trained to do and that is he/she tried to have the man drop his weapon and when he/she took measures to use non-leathal force which failed he/she resorted to deadly force which worked. Are you now saying the officer should have done a mental evaluation on the man in those few seconds/minutes? What exactly should the officer have done? I'm thrilled the officer is ok!
Dan December 24, 2012 at 05:40 AM
Dan December 24, 2012 at 05:44 AM
Shoot to incapacitate. In stressful situations, even the most trained, skilled person can't be expected to be able to shoot someone's moving hand or knee or something like some "geniuses" think. That's why training is geared toward shooting for center mass. Warning shots would risk hitting something/someone else. It's bad enough he had to worry about shooting the bad guy. Shouldn't have to worry about where to fire a "warning shot."
Chillin December 24, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Come on Man! Does anyone really think the police officer had time to inspect the knife, evaluate the attacker's mental status, have a chit chat with him, taser the attacker, troubleshoot the taser to diagnose its faulty condition, and fire a warning shot all at 3 in the morning behind a gas station by himself in the dark of night? The taser shot was the warning shot. Stop watching 1950's police reruns and think realistically. Most people would crap their pants before even reaching for the taser if placed in the same situation. I'm thankful that there are people still crazy enough to join the police force and work crazy shifts so that I can call 911 at 3 in the morning for help. Check out the story last week where an off-duty cop was shot by a party-goer standing in the middle of the street at 3 a.m. These nuts are out there, and if the cops aren't the first to get the shot off, they will be the first to hit the ground. Get real man! BTW I'm not a cop.
Sanchez December 24, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Don, a little research on your part would have changed your tune. "Knifeman 'stabbed four police officers while rampaging with a meat cleaver shouting "God help me to kill my enemies"' The above took place in London where the police are not armed. See the result? "Stabbed in Brain, Officer Escaped ‘Death’s Door. The wild swing connected to the left side of the police officer’s head, a presumed punch until the blood started flowing. The officer, Eder Loor, reached to his temple and felt the handle of a knife. He pulled the knife out, his wife later learned, not realizing then just how seriously injured he was. " http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/19/nyregion/new-york-officer-stabbed-in-head-is-called-luckiest-unlucky-man.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 Yes, Police are afraid of knives. Do you lock your doors for the safety of yourself and family Don or because you are paranoid?
Sanchez December 24, 2012 at 03:13 PM
"Mpls. Park Police Officer stabbed; suspect shot. A robbery investigation ended with a Minneapolis Park Officer being stabbed and the suspect shot on Tuesday night. Authorities say two officers from the Minneapolis Park Police were dispatched on reports of a man who had been robbed at knifepoint by multiple suspects around 11:30 p.m. " ALL law abiding citizens should have the same means of defense as the thugs means of offense.
Sanchez December 24, 2012 at 03:15 PM
The choice Don Julio is not one for YOU to second guess until YOU face a deranged man with a deadly weapon and have milliseconds to think and act in order to go home and see your children again.
Dan December 24, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Also, body armor/BULLET-RESISTANT vests are not knife proof. Sharp objects can cut through them.
dale f December 25, 2012 at 08:20 AM
I know this kid&I grew up skateboarding with him.I haven't seen him in years but I do believe he was under the influence of subtances and also suffered from mental illness.its sad he was killed but I believe he chose death by cop.only the cop knows what happened and I believe he followes protocal but on the same hand I'm sure he could've ojust shot him in the leg&called for back up.
alexgonpue December 25, 2012 at 03:11 PM
This is my cousin i think that he is innocent because how they know that he wanted to shot someone if he had to
M. Sullivan December 26, 2012 at 09:25 AM
WHAT? Do you speak English?
gsh December 26, 2012 at 03:03 PM
I'm an ER nurse....the problem here is the mental health community. There aren't enough treatment centers. All of the admission beds are always full. These people spend(not kidding) days in an ER waiting...not getting treated....waiting for a bed. Now a good percentage of these patients aren't always a clear or I should say accurate diagnosis....ie schizophrenic or bipolar. They are drug addicts....they don't want to get clean....just eant off the streets until they get their next check. I think the field of psychiatry has gotten lazy and gives everyone a diagnosis. This then does not leave any room for actual patients to get treatment. Then that leaves another small percentage who can't afford their meds and street drugs become cheaper and they self medicate. I'm not saying this at all relates to the man that was shot. Nut for gods sake after all of the recent slayings when is anyone gonna wake up and realize the conversation we should be having. Oh and this man.....don't pull a knife when the police ask you to stop loitering where its probably posted to not do so. That is all..
Sanchez December 26, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Have not mental health "beds" and services been cut dramatically?
Ed December 27, 2012 at 08:59 PM
The cops are where the rubber meets the road here. The cop who deals with it faces all sorts of Monday morning quarterbacks who think they know better. Better to aim your barbs at politicians (and the folks who elect them) who refuse to properly fund appropriate mental health facilities, some mental health advocates who think the rights of people with mental disorders outweigh the right of society to be safe, the insurance companies who look to cut corners wherever they can, etc. Lots of blame to go around, but whenever a shooting like this happens, the best we get is "Why couldn't the cop shoot his hand?" or "Why did the cop have to use a gun when the perp only had a knife?" Please get real, people.
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