Howard County Police investigate shooting involving one of their own

HANOVER, Md. - Howard County Police have released more information about a shooting involving one of their own.

It happened just before 4 p.m. Monday afternoon in the the 7400 block of Hi Tech Drive in Hanover. That's near Coca Cola Drive.

According to a police spokesperson, police received a 911 call around 3:00pm that a Jeffrey Dustin Nichols, 19, had fired shots in Hanover. When officers responded they found 19-year-old Nichols, of the 6600 block of Grouse Rd., Elkridge, with a handgun walking near Loudon Avenue and Melrose Avenue.

Officers ordered him to drop the weapon but he refused, police said. Police followed the man to railroad tracks behind an industrial park in the 7400 block of Hi Tech Drive and again ordered the man to drop his gun. When he refused officers fired wounding the suspect. Police are working to confirm how many officers were involved in the shooting.

Nichols was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center where he is listed in critical condition.

Police say Nichols was previously taken into custody last month following a stand-off with officers at his home. In the October 7 incident Nichols called 911 saying that he needed help, officers found Nichols outside brandishing a knife.

According to the police report, Nichols made statements to officers that he wanted them to shoot him, to "just do it" and "make it quick".

Nichols ignored commands to drop his knife and began stabbing and cutting himself. Officers also responded to Nichols' home on September 11 for a similar incident where Nichols was cutting his arms with a knife. According to the police report, officers found Nichols bleeding and took him to the hospital for evaluation.

All six officers that were involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave.

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