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Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 11/09/2011

Suspect shot by police in Howard identified

A man who was injured in a police-involved shooting this week has been identified, authorities in Howard County reported Wednesday.

Jeffrey Dustin Nichols, 19, of the the 6600 block of Grouse Road in Elkridge was shot by officers Monday afternoon after he refused to drop his weapon.

According to police, Nichols was carrying what appeared to be a handgun and was reported to have fired shots in Hanover, in the area of Loudoun and Melrose avenues.

Investigators said that responding officers repeatedly told Nichols to drop the gun, but he refused and continued walking. Nichols was shot in the parking lot of an industrial park in the 7400 block of Hi Tech Drive.

Nichols suffered a total of eight gun shot wounds to his torso and extremities and remains in critical condition, police announced Wednesday.

An investigation has determined that the weapon he was carrying was actually a pellet gun designed to look like a real, semi-automatic handgun.

Police said that Nichols has had similar encounters with officers in the past.

On Oct. 7, Nichols called 911 and said he needed assistance. When officers arrived, they found Nichols holding a knife. According to the police report, Nichols told officers that he wanted them to shoot him, to “just do it” and “make it quick,” police said.

Nichols ignored commands to drop the knife and began stabbing and cutting himself, police said. The officers took him into custody and took him to a hospital for evaluation.

On Sept. 11, police responded to a call to Nichols’s home, where he was found bleeding from self-induced cutting wounds. He was taken to the hospital and released.

Seven officers involved in Monday’s shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave as the case remains under investigation.

Stay with PostLocal for more details in the case as they become available.

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