Man dead in Reisterstown after officer-involved shooting

REISTERSTOWN, Md. - A Baltimore County police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that ended a man's life Wednesday evening in Reisterstown. 

Police have identified the man who was shot but will not release his name until next-of-kin is notified. The name of the officer has not yet been released,  per department procedure. 

A pharmacist working at Nature Care on Main Street phoned police at about 5 p.m. when a man tried to pass off a forged prescription.

A police officer chased the man on foot away from the pharmacy.

Man dies after officer-involved shooting

"Detectives obtained video evidence  from nearby businesses that captures the confrontation," police noted in a release. "The footage shows the suspect aggressively advancing on a single officer, who retreats with his gun drawn.  The footage shows the suspect reaching around to the small of his back and abruptly whipping his hand around and pointing it toward the officer, as if with a weapon. The officer fires his weapon as the suspect swiftly brings his hand forward from his waistband. On the ground, the suspect refuses to comply and keeps reaching into his waistband, as if for a weapon.

"Witnesses told detectives that they heard the officer repeatedly giving the suspect commands to 'stop,' and that they heard the suspect shouting profanities at the officer."
 

Detectives have yet to recover a weapon, although the investigation is ongoing. 

An autopsy confirmed that the suspect was shot three times by the officer. 

The officer has been placed on administrative leave. 

Detectives said the suspect tried to pass off a fake prescription for a narcotic cough syrup that when mixed produces a high. 

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