FREDERICK, Md. - Officials say a man was shot and killed by police after he allegedly rammed an officer’s patrol car at a Frederick gas station. The incident happened shortly after 8:30 a.m. Monday at a Sheetz gas station on East Patrick Street.
Maryland State Police spokesman Greg Shipley said a trooper pulled into the gas station and noticed a car with expired tags. After running a check, he found the car was reported stolen from Baltimore City Sunday night and requested backup.
When other officers arrived, police say the man accelerated his vehicle and rammed one of the patrol cars, pinning the officer inside. The suspect then jumped out of the stolen SUV as it was still moving.
Police say the driver was shot by Trooper First Class William B. Jansen, a five-year-veteran of the Maryland State Police, after he exited the vehicle.
TFC Jansen and another State Police flight paramedic who arrived at the scene provided immediate emergency care. Frederick County emergency medical services personnel responded to assist, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are currently attempting to verify his identity through fingerprints.
The injured officer was transported to a local hospital and is expected to recover.
Security cameras at the gas station captured the scene at different angles. Maryland State Police say that video is now evidence.
State Police crime scene technicians processed the scene. A large folding knife was found in the man’s possession. Also found was the driver’s license of a man who Baltimore Police detectives have confirmed was the victim in a non-fatal shooting in Baltimore in July. Cash, a crack pipe, clothes and other belongings were found at the scene. No other weapons were found.
The State Police Internal Affairs Unit also responded and is conducting a concurrent investigation. It will be up to the state's attorney in Frederick to decide if any charges are warranted in this case.
The trooper involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave, as is procedure.