Man with replica gun, shot by police

NORTH EAST, Md. (WMAR) - A man wanted by police and armed with a fake gun refused to surrender when police caught up. Now he is recovering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

Maryland State Police say Christopher Thomas, 37, of North East, pointed what appeared to be a handgun at two troopers who were trying to arrest him this morning outside his home.

Thomas is undergoing treatment for a gunshot wound to both legs.

Troopers responded to Thomas' basement apartment at about 4:00 a.m. after his landlord reported he was disorderly and breaking things. When topper arrived, he had left the area.

Shorty before 7:00 a.m., troopers on a road patrol went back to the home. Thomas was found around the back of the house holding what appeared to be a silver handgun. The troopers gave verbal commands telling Thomas to drop his weapon, but he did not, instead he yelled "kill me" at the troopers.

Thomas was holding the gun to his head as he moved backwards toward a wooded area. As he neared the woods, he pointed the handgun at the troopers.

One of the troopers, TFC Brian Schweers fired several shots, sticking Thomas in both legs.

Police recovered the gun that Thomas was holding, but the very realistic looking revolver was only a replica and did not actually fire.

Police attempted to arrest Thomas because he was wanted on a warrant from the North East Police department for assault, conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to trespass charges. He was also wanted on a warrant from the Cecil County Sheriff's Office for failure to appear on charges of resisting arrest, identity theft and forgery. Thomas also had a warrant from Delaware for failing to appear on traffic violations charges.

Both troopers have been placed on routine administrative leave, which is procedure in police involved shootings. 

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