Multiple Baltimore County police officers on Thursday opened fire and killed a 41-year-old man whom they believed to have a gun, authorities said.
No weapon had been found at the scene by mid-afternoon Thursday.
The incident in the Owings Mill area began around 1 a.m. in the 3000 block of Hunting Ridge Drive, according to the Baltimore County Police Department.
The report came in to authorities as an “unknown trouble call.” Police said they found that the incident was “domestic in nature.”
When officers arrived at the home, they “could hear a disturbance inside.” When no one answered the door, police said, officers forced their way inside.
A man confronted the officers and “produced what officers believed to be a gun and multiple officers, fearing for their safety and the safety of others, opened fire,” police said in a press release.
Police officials said the man hunched over in a defensive posture that caused officers to believe he had a gun, according to Crpl. John Wachter, a spokesman for the department. He said two children and a woman were on the scene at the time of the incident.
The man, who was later identified as Spencer Lee McCain, was taken to an area hospital, police said. He was later pronounced dead.