Armed man in standoff shot by police after threatening to kill family members, himself

- An armed man involved in a standoff with police was shot by officers Monday after allegedly threatening to kill himself and family members.

Police identified the man Monday afternoon as James Andrew Schueler, 42, of Columbia.

Officers say they received a call Monday morning alerting them to a man believed to be on his way to a Columbia location. Howard County police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said by telephone that a 911 caller reported that Schueler was heading to Columbia to kill his family Monday and mentioned "suicide by cop." Officers stopped the man's Jeep Cherokee and Llewellyn says he told officers he had a gun and wanted to hurt himself.

Police say they shot Schueler after he pointed his weapon at officers. He was transported by helicopter to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. No other injuries were reported.

Several roads in the area were closed during the situation. Long Reach High School was on a modified lock down at this time. Barney Branch Middle, Phelps Luck Elementary, and Jeffers Hill Elementary will excuse tardiness due to road closures associated with the incident.

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