Deputy Shot Man Who Lunged at Her With Knife, Authorities Say

What to Know

  • Deputies went to a home because a 911 caller's son was acting strangely and may have been having a reaction to medication.
  • Authorities said a man with a tactical knife confronted a deputy when she entered the home.
  • The man was wounded and airlifted to a hospital, where he is in stable condition.

A Maryland sheriff's office says a deputy shot and wounded a man who lunged at her with a knife just after midnight Tuesday.

Deputies were sent to a New Market home about 12:10 a.m. because a 911 caller's son was acting strangely and may have been having a reaction to medication, the Frederick County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

Authorities said a man with a tactical knife confronted Deputy Samantha Foland when she entered the home in the 6100 block of Mississippi Lane.

Foland ordered him to drop the knife, but he lunged at her and she fired her weapon once, striking him in both the hand and upper chest, authorities said.

The man, 32-year-old Alexander Astudillo, was airlifted to a hospital, where he is in stable condition.

Authorities said a knife was found at the scene of the shooting. 

The Washington County Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation.

Foland is on routine administrative leave. She is a two-year veteran of the sheriff's office.

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