Maryland Trooper Fatally Shoots Man During Struggle After Being Stabbed

The trooper encountered the suspect at about 8 a.m. after responding to two reports of slashed car tires

Maryland State Police say a trooper shot and killed a man who stabbed the trooper during a struggle.

The trooper was taken to a shock trauma center after the shooting Monday in Westminster, about 36 miles northwest of Baltimore, police said. His injuries aren't thought to be life threatening, police spokesman Greg Shipley said.

State police say Michael J. D'Angelo, 34, stabbed the trooper. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The trooper came across the suspect about 8 a.m. while responding to two reports of slashed car tires. One of the callers said the suspect was armed with a knife, police said.

As the uniformed trooper approached Washington Road and Stoner Avenue, he saw the suspect and walked up to him while trying to talk to him.

Instead, the suspect stabbed the trooper in the side of his body during a struggle, before the trooper shot him, according to police. A knife was recovered from the scene, police said.

Shipley said the suspect was white. He said he thinks the trooper is too.

Police are reviewing video from nearby buildings, he said. The trooper did not have a body-worn camera, and Shipley said he didn't know if the trooper had a dashboard camera.

The trooper is a six-year State Police veteran. The deceased suspect is from Carroll County, where the shooting occurred.

Police said later Monday that the trooper, a six-year State Police veteran, was released from the hospital in the afternoon. He will be on administrative leave as police investigate the shooting.

A motive for the stabbing remains unknown, according to police.

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