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Man shot by officer inside Howard County store

Wednesday - 7/10/2013, 5:20pm  ET

COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) -- Howard County police say an officer shot a man who was brandishing a knife inside a Columbia store.

The shooting occurred after 11 a.m. Wednesday inside a BJ's Wholesale Club store on Snowden River Parkway. Police say when the man was approached by security staff for shoplifting, he threatened them with a knife.

Officers say the man ran from the store, picked up a stick and smashed the glass door of a bus. He could not get on the bus, so police say the man ran back into the store, still brandishing the knife.

Authorities say the man was confronted by a police officer and was shot.

Police said the man, identified as 33-year-old Howard Carvel Smith of Columbia, was in critical condition at Shock Trauma in Baltimore.


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