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(UPDATE) Elkridge Man in Critical Condition After Police-Involved Shooting

Jeffrey Dustin Nichols, 19, had a pellet gun, according to new information from police.

This article was updated at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, to include information that Nichols was armed with a pellet gun, according to police.

Police have identified a man shot in a standoff with officers Monday afternoon as Jeffrey Dustin Nichols, 19, of Grouse Road in Elkridge. Nichols was armed with a pellet gun and had been involved in previous police encounters, police said.

Six officers opened fire after Nichols failed to put down the gun, according to a statement from the Howard County Police Department (HCPD).

Nichols remains in critical condition at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center as of Tuesday, said officials.

This was his third encounter with police in as many months, according to the report; on Sept. 11 and Oct. 7, Nichols was taken into police and then medical custody for attempting to harm himself, according to police.

Around 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7, police approached Nichols on Loudon near Melrose Avenue in Elkridge after a 911 caller reported shots fired in that area, said officials.

When officers arrived, Nichols was carrying a weapon, and police said they ordered him several times to drop it. 

“Officers ordered the man to drop the weapon, but he did not comply,” said HCPD in a written statement.

Police said they followed Nichols, who walked along the railroad tracks to the back parking lot of an industrial complex on the 7400 block of Hi Tech Drive.

“Officers again ordered the man to drop the weapon, but he continued to refuse,” said police. “Officers fired shots at the suspect, striking him.”

In a statement Tuesday afternoon, HCPD said that Nichols was shot a total of eight times in his torso and extremities.

"Investigators have determined [Nichols'] weapon was a pellet gun designed to look like a real, semi-automatic handgun," said HCPD.

Seven police officers involved in the incident are on paid administrative leave as the department investigates, according to officials.

The last time Howard County police were involved in a shooting was during a bank robbery in 2008, said Sherry Llewellyn, spokeswoman for the department. In that case, a Bank of America was robbed in Clarksville and three suspects took police on a chase to Montgomery County before officers opened fire on one of the three suspects and killed him, according to NBC Washington.

The article below was originally reported at 4 a.m.

Police have identified a man shot in a standoff with officers Monday afternoon as Jeffrey Dustin Nichols, 19, of Grouse Road in Elkridge. 

Officers opened fire after Nichols failed to put down his gun, according to a statement from the Howard County Police Department (HCPD).

Nichols was in critical condition at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center Monday evening, said HCPD.

Around 3 p.m., police approached Nichols on Loudon near Melrose Avenue in Elkridge after a 911 caller reported a man with a weapon in that area, reported officials.

When officers arrived, Nichols was carrying a handgun and police said they ordered him several times to drop his weapon. 

“Officers ordered the man to drop the weapon, but he did not comply,” said HCPD in a written statement.

Police said they followed Nichols, who walked along the railroad tracks to the back parking lot of an industrial complex on the 7400 block of Hi Tech Drive.

“Officers again ordered the man to drop the weapon, but he continued to refuse,” said police. “Officers fired shots at the suspect, striking him.”

Nichols was taken by ambulance to shock trauma, according to police.

Sherry Llewellyn, spokeswoman for HCPD, said the officers involved were in good condition as of Monday afternoon.

At 4:30 p.m., Llewellyn said the area at Hi Tech Drive would be closed off for several hours.

“We immediately launch an internal investigation. There’s a lot of work to be done,” said Llewellyn, who explained that HCPD would interview each officer separately and forensic investigators would be evaluating the crime scene on Hi Tech Drive.

Officials said that the area is safe. “No one’s in any danger,” said Llewellyn. “This person is clearly at the hospital, so there’s nobody on the loose.”

In a statement Monday evening, HCPD said that it was still working to confirm how many police were involved in the incident.

The last time Howard County police were involved in a shooting was during a bank robbery in 2008, said Llewellyn. In that case, a Bank of America was robbed in Clarksville and three suspects took police on a chase to Montgomery County before officers opened fire on one of the three suspects and killed him, according to NBC Washington.

sarah November 10, 2011 at 03:05 PM
he was shot 8 times by 6 officers, one in each leg one in each arm and 4 in the chest, the cops didnt do what they were trained to do the cops tryed to kill jeff
sarah November 10, 2011 at 03:09 PM
damn evan this makes me look at you in a completley different way! You have alot of heart and your a very smart kid, It is ridiculous that they shot him 8 times and they werent suppose to even shoot when they did! the cops will be punished for this you know damn well atleast one of them cops had to know jeffrey they wanted to kill him in my eyes which is sad hes a tropper tho I hope and pray he pulls threw this
Matt November 10, 2011 at 03:26 PM
Evan, So it was a pistol replica? So how do you tell the difference at 25 yards?? Dude, I have been a weapons collector and avid shooter in my club for several years, probably longer than you are old. I can tell you that these "Replicas" are near indistinguishable at distances as close as 20 feet! Tear gas, Rubber Bullets, Bean bags!! They are carried by SWAT and they were not there when he was shot! These replica guns are notorious around the country for getting people shot! He implied a threat when he DID NOT DROP THE WEAPON WHEN ORDERED TO SEVERAL TIMES! Sara, Eight times is not excessive when there were 4 officers involved. THEY ARE TAUGHT TO SHOOT IF THE THREAT DOESN"T COMPLY! AND according to one thing I heard over the readio he pointed the weapon in the area of civilians. Whether they knew him or not is irrelevant. And NO they more likely than not WILL NOT face charges. They did what they were taught. Here is another tidbit. I know Jeffrey and his family. They are basically good people and Jeffrey had issues. Did you stop to think this was his plan? To have officers kill him?? I have no ill feelings for him, but the lambasting of the police and their actions are ridiculous. Put yourself in their shoes. NO COP wants to SHOOT anyone! It is a last ditch effort to stop a threat, a threat that did not comply with dropping the weapon. So he was considered a THREAT! These cops are dealing with the trauma now of the shooting. Investigations, placed off duty, etc.
Matt November 10, 2011 at 03:36 PM
What I am saying to all of you that are close to him, but do not KNOW ALL of the FACTS to please back off and concentrate on his condition, pray for him to recoveer and most importantly pray for his getting help to recover mentally from whatever his issues are. Brewing all of this hate is a waste of time and energy. Use it wisely and support him and his family. What happened is a tradgedy, one that was clearly brought on by Jeffrey and his actions. He has now not only had a cause and effect on himself, but his family, you guys that are his friends and the police that were involved in this. His past actions suggested that he needs help, and obviously did not get it. This time, I assure you that he will get help after he recovers, all that he needs on the State of Md. dime. That sounds a little callous but it is going to achieve what he ultimately needs. One other thing to consider here that was probably running thru the minds of the police involved here, prior to the actual seconds of the shooting. We have been plagued over the past several weeks of Violent Crime in this part of Elkridge: The Elkridge Liquors has been robbed twice in 2 weeks. 7 Eleven has been robbed several times in the past two-three months, A person was robbed at gunpoint on Rowenberry 2 weeks ago, a few strongarm robberies have occurred recently as well as several thefts from vehicles and break ins at homes. All of these more than normal. I bet that ALL this was in their minds while responding.
Matt November 10, 2011 at 03:41 PM
So I say again, all of you that are related to, family or friends of Jeffrey, Place the angert aside, concentrate on getting him help when he recovers. The complaining of the police, the negatives on the person that called police etc... They will do NOTHING PRODUCTIVE to help this kid, who is obviously calling out for help. Oh, and to put something else to rest before it gets brought up about me... I am not related to him, any of the police, the person in Harwood that called 911, nor am I a cop here or anywhere else for that matter. Rather If I revealed who I am and what I do you would be suprised and never expect the comments from me. Peace to all and prayers to Jeffrey and his family as well as the police officers involved in this tragic occurrance!
Bernie Trenary November 10, 2011 at 05:48 PM
*LIKE*
Kat November 10, 2011 at 07:18 PM
well said, Matt...finally a voice of reason among a cloud of emotion..
Nana November 11, 2011 at 03:24 AM
Our prayers go out to Jeff and his family. I didn't know Jeff real well but he had visited my house several times over the years and he had always been a very polite young man. We pray for his recovery.
sarah November 12, 2011 at 01:28 AM
everyone needs to pray for jeffrey tonight!
sarah November 14, 2011 at 04:28 AM
Just got back from the hospital, it was very hard seeing jeff like that. things arent looking good, Please everyone pray and dont stop praying! I do believe in miracles jeffrey is a fighter hopefuly things turn around and he pulls threw he can go far in life! He is tough look at how far hes came! hes been threw several surgrys and made it threw each one!!!! if he made it this far he can make it all the way, were praying for you jeffrey and we wont stop please pull threw this
sarah November 14, 2011 at 04:37 AM
I havent said anything about his mom because i had never met her, i did get a chance to meet her today at the hospital she seemed very nice
sarah November 14, 2011 at 04:40 AM
pigs lie
Sharon Blorstad November 14, 2011 at 02:56 PM
Jeffrey passed away. God rest his soul.
Jessika November 14, 2011 at 03:27 PM
Jeffery was an amazing guy, a bit crazy silly and very sarcastic but he had an amazingly big heart. I have known him and his family for years. Everyone goes through rough patches in their lives but this is one patch if foreseen I know he would have wanted no part in. He has helped me out many times in the past, someone to talk to and have a good time with. He will undoubtedly be missed by very many. I only pray that his family will have the strength to pull through in this very sad time. I will be praying for his family. Rest in peace Jeffery, you will forever be missed and loved by those who truly knew you .
Matt November 14, 2011 at 03:54 PM
Rest in Peace Jeffrey... Feel the warmth of gods touch and his caring hands..... Prayers for Jeffrey, his family and friends.....
Danielle Trenary November 14, 2011 at 04:53 PM
I was devastated to hear about Jeffrey's passing. Although I did not know him personally, I've been keeping up with this story since the incident took place not even a half mile from our home. There's a lot that I really don't understand, ranging from why he was shot so many times, to why Jeffrey seemed to want this to happen, but even so, my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family through this difficult time.
Tabatha Simmons November 14, 2011 at 06:06 PM
An evan if you see this i am so sorry man. I know how close you were and no matter what hes done he did not deserve this. I wish all his other family and friends get all the healing they need from this. You're in my thoughts and prayers
Tabatha Simmons November 14, 2011 at 06:10 PM
An Jess you said it perfect all the real people out there who "actually" knew who Jeff was know he didn't deserve to die he just needed some help. All the other people pretending and running their mouths will get whats coming to them. He will forever be in our hearts.
sarah November 14, 2011 at 06:45 PM
People that didnt no jeff or maybe just went to school with him and "think" they know him need to stop posting comments, stop going page to page reading what people are saying and then rephrasing it. Jeff was a good kid no let him rest in peace
truth teller November 14, 2011 at 07:52 PM
He was a horrible kid tho...
sarah November 14, 2011 at 07:55 PM
He was not a horrible kid, and i thinks its so funny how people put fake names like anon, and truth teller and decide to run there mouths why dont you come out and say who you are? If you were infront of a friend or family memeber you would never say anything like this
truth teller November 14, 2011 at 07:58 PM
I would cause he was an asshole... his brother too...
truth teller November 14, 2011 at 07:59 PM
And you thinks? U trying to be Popeye or some shit now?
sarah November 14, 2011 at 08:01 PM
your probley that anon kid put ur name or get a life
Danielle Trenary November 14, 2011 at 08:57 PM
How come no one has a heart anymore and people think that others deserve this kind of stuff? I just don't get it. Just because someone may have seemed like a bad person to somebody else doesn't mean that they deserve to die. It's such an absurd thing to say. Not to mention I love that people who express these negative opinions choose to remain anonymous. Are you just scared of the kinds of responses you'll get, or that people will see who you are and decide that you're a bad person? How would you feel if you were this person's parent or spouse or brother/sister? I honestly don't think that you would say "he deserved to die." If you really think he was an "asshole," then why do you care enough to put your opinion? Why don't we keep the negative to ourselves.
Elizabeth Janney (Editor) November 14, 2011 at 10:02 PM
We understand this is a difficult time and ask everyone to please treat others with respect.
Bernie Trenary November 14, 2011 at 10:08 PM
Thanks again, Elizabeth! So sad people resort to this, especially under these circumstances!
jeff richardson November 14, 2011 at 11:44 PM
better watch what you say
J.Me Bray November 23, 2011 at 01:58 AM
This is very heart breaking to know a young man, screaming at the top of his lungs for help, was shot instead.......Some people believe it is easier to erase a problem than to deal with it, this was not an erasable problem, this was a young man who "God" gave a soul to for a reason, not to be shot in the woods or whatever for caring a BB gun. And even if he was, and he was, you don't shoot a kid that is 19 8 times because "you are trying to stop the problem" search your souls and see if you come up with the same ending.....Not if you are human. Hats off to his friends for defending him to the very end. The great thing is he is back with his maker, kids with these kind of broken hearts only have one place to go, and that is "Heaven" "God rest your young soul" This young man is actually my husbands second cousin, and sad to say, they never even met but that does not mean he is not affected by this. Help people when they suffer silently but scream on the tops of their lungs with anger and self inflicted wounds. They are trying to match their insides, pay attention to that and maybe one day you can save someone or just help them. We all can. "God" be with all of you that are suffering from this, but know how blessed you are to have known him. Sarah, I hope you find peace with this one day. He would be so very proud of you for the way you have stood up for him. You obviously were a great friend to him, when he was here and even after he is gone. I am sorry for your loss. J.Me Bray
Bernie Trenary November 23, 2011 at 02:09 AM
Very nice, J.Me, and I am so sorry for Jeffrey's family and friends!

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