Police Shoot Harley Rider, Man Allegedly Threatened Deputy With Knife

LEONARDTOWN, Md. - St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office reports that a Deputy was forced to shoot a biker after the man allegedly threatened him with a knife after a short pursuit initiated by an attempted traffic stop. The man was not fatally wounded.

On Saturday, March 24 at approximately 7:29 p.m., a Deputy Sheriff attempted to conduct a vehicle stop in the Leonardtown area. The vehicle, a 2005 Harley Davidson, initially refused to stop and a short pursuit ensued. The motorcycle eventually pulled over to the side of the road.

Police suspect the operator was under the influence of an unknown substance. As roadside tests were being explained, the suspect allegedly produced a knife and threatened the Deputy. During the course of the confrontation, the Deputy fired one round from his agency-issued weapon. The man was hit, but the wound only temporarily stopped him say police. As the suspect attempted to flee on foot, additional officers were able to place him in custody and administer medical treatment.

The suspect was transported to St. Mary's Hospital and then to the Washington Hospital Center. The suspect's condition is currently unknown. His name has not yet been released to the public.

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