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Suspect Killed in Harford County Barricade Incident

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BEL AIR, Md. (AP) - Maryland deputies shot and killed a 35-year-old man following a standoff at a home.

The Harford County Sheriff's Office says in a news release that deputies responded to a home in Bel Air on Wednesday afternoon after reports of a suicidal subject. Deputies attempted to communicate with the unidentified suspect, but he eventually exited the home and fired a gun, causing officers to seek cover. No one was injured at the time.

Deputies say the suspect then retreated into the residence.

Members of the Special Response Team attempted to negotiate with the suspect. Authorities say the suspect exited the home again and moved toward deputies. The sheriff's office says his actions caused deputies to fear for their safety, leading them to shoot and mortally wound the man.

Deputies involved have been placed on routine administrative leave pending an investigation.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.