Po­lice shoot man in Columbia, say he pointed a replica gun

Baltimore Sun - - NEWS - By An­drew Michaels

A Howard County po­lice of­fi­cer shot and wounded a man Mon­day in Columbia dur­ing a stand­off in which the man pointed a weapon at po­lice that turned out to be a pel­let gun, po­lice said.

Po­lice said 42-year-old James An­drew Schueler of Columbia was in se­ri­ous but sta­ble con­di­tion af­ter he was shot once in the torso on a street near Long Reach Vil­lage Cen­ter.

Po­lice said a caller to 911 just af­ter 7 a.m. said Schueler had spo­ken about harm­ing him­self and fam­ily mem­bers, and of com­mit­ting “sui­cide by cop.”

Of­fi­cers ar­rived about 20 min­utes later and spot­ted a green Jeep Chero­kee that matched a de­scrip­tion given by the caller, po­lice said. They stopped the ve­hi­cle at the cor­ner of Hayshed Lane and Tamar Drive.

Po­lice said the driver, later iden­ti­fied as Schueler, re­fused to get out of the ve­hi­cle. They said he told of­fi­cers he had a gun and in­tended to hurt him­self.

Po­lice said he then held a weapon to his head.

Of­fi­cers set up a perime­ter and called ne­go­tia­tors, po­lice said. Af­ter about 45 min­utes, they said, Schueler got out of the Jeep and pointed the weapon at nearby of­fi­cers.

An of­fi­cer fired one shot and struck him, po­lice said. Medics ad­min­is­tered aid, and Schueler was taken via he­li­copter to Mary­land Shock Trauma Cen­ter.

The weapon turned out to be a pel­let gun, po­lice said. They called it a “replica of a real semi­au­to­matic pis­tol.”

Po­lice did not re­lease the name of the of­fi­cer who shot Schueler. The of­fi­cer was placed on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave, which a spokes­woman said is stan­dard pro­ce­dure af­ter this type of in­ci­dent.

BAR­BARA HAD­DOCK TAY­LOR/BAL­TI­MORE SUN

Traf­fic is di­verted on Tamar Drive near Columbia’s Long Reach Vil­lage Cen­ter on Mon­day. Po­lice said a man was shot af­ter he pointed a gun at them dur­ing a stand­off; the gun was later iden­ti­fied as a replica.

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