Fourth graders at Oakleigh Elementary School described a scary lockdown that started less than an hour before dismissal Tuesday afternoon.
"The principal told us to close the blinds and lock the doors and nobody go outside and we were in a lockdown and I was really scared. ... A few people were crying. I almost did. Tears just didn't come out," 10-year-old Morgan Dean said.
"I was really scared what would happen next. I mean there have been very bad situations lately," another fourth grader, Zachary Raab, said.
The students said they thought something might be happening inside their school but it was a few blocks away that Baltimore County police say a man had officers fearing for their lives.
At 1:11 p.m. on Tuesday, police responded to the 8600 block of Oakleigh Road in Parkville for a "check on subject" call. They say someone who knew the subject, an adult male, was concerned and asked police to check on him.
According to police, when they got to the scene, they found the man outside the home, threatening them with a knife.
Police say the officers retreated but the man kept coming. Fearing for their lives, at least one of the officers discharged his or her service weapon.
The man, who police haven't identified yet, was hit multiple times and was taken to the hospital to be treated for what appeared to life threatening injuries.
Tactical units responded as a precaution to make sure no one else was inside the Oakleigh Road house.
All police-involved shootings are subject to an internal review.
It is the policy of the department to have the officers involved in the incident placed on administrative duties pending a review.