Two police officers shot and wounded a man Monday morning in Greenbelt, Maryland, after the department received a request to check on his welfare, officials say.
The man, a 46-year-old, was taken to a hospital. Authorities said he was in stable, non-critical condition.
Greenbelt officers responded to the unit block of Plateau Place at about 10:30 a.m. after a “report of a suicidal subject," the Greenbelt Police Department said.
An official could be heard saying on a police dispatch call that the man had “suicidal tendencies.”
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Two officers then shot the man, police said. The shooting occurred outdoors, department spokeswoman Hannah Glasgow said live on News4.
"Shots fired! Shots fired!" an official can be heard saying on a call.
The department did not immediately release information on what preceded the shooting or why the officer opened fire. Glasgow said it was too early to provide information on how many shots the officer fired.
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One neighbor reported hearing as many as 10 shots.
Police said in an update that the man was armed with a knife.
Greenbelt officers wear body cameras, which are likely to provide key evidence in understanding what happened.
The two officers are on paid administrative leave.
Chopper4 footage showed a number of officers in the area. Police asked people to avoid the residential street during the investigation.
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If you or someone you know is at risk of suicide please call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, text TALK to 741741 or go to SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for additional resources.
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