Man fatally shot during confrontation with police in Silver Spring

By Martin Weil and Clarence Williams
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, February 20, 2011; 12:20 AM

A man armed with an ice pick was shot and killed by a Montgomery County police officer during a confrontation Saturday evening in downtown Silver Spring, a police spokeswoman said.

The shooting occurred about 5:15 p.m. outside the City Place Mall on Colesville Road near Georgia Avenue, spokeswoman Lucille Baur said.

The officer was summoned by mall security guards after an assault on a security officer there, Baur said. She said the alleged assailant was "brandishing a sharp object."

She said the officer commanded the man several times to put down his weapon. But, she said, he "refused to comply."

The officer then fired his service weapon, Baur said. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police did not immediately identify the dead man. His age was also unavailable.

Baur said his weapon "was recovered and was determined to be an ice pick."

The circumstances of the original assault at the mall were not immediately known, and no information was available about any injuries to the security officer.

A section of Colesville Road was closed during the investigation.

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