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Maryland Officer Shoots, Injures Knife-Wielding Volunteer Firefighter, Authorities Say

Anne Arundel County Police say a man with a knife was shot by a police officer Friday night

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  • Anne Arundel County Police say a man with a knife was shot by a police officer Friday night
  • Prince George's County Fire Department says suspect is a volunteer firefighter

Authorities in Maryland say a volunteer firefighter was shot by a police officer Friday night after he allegedly refused to drop a knife.

The volunteer Prince George's County firefighter was taken to a local trauma center with a life-threatening gunshot wound and is in critical condition, county fire officials said.

His name has not been released.

The incident began when the Anne Arundel County Fire Department rushed to the scene of a possible crash involving a pedestrian about 10 miles west of Annapolis shortly before 9:45 p.m. Friday, Anne Arundel County Police said in a news release.

When the fire department crew arrived, they were confronted by a man who was armed with a knife, police said. Rescuers called police, who say the man wouldn't drop the knife and get on the ground as ordered.

Police say the officer fired a single shot at the suspect.

There were no injuries to those fire or police personnel.

Prince George's County Fire said Saturday afternoon that the suspect in the case is a volunteer firefighter.

Anne Arundel County is handling the investigation, Prince George's fire officials said. The officer involved is a 20-year-veteran department veteran.

The Anne Arundel County Police Department said Saturday that the unnamed suspect will be charged with seven crimes, including assault and reckless endangerment.

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