Man shot by police in Parkville, after charging with a knife, dies

Oakleigh Elementary School had been placed on alert status

By Colin Campbell and Sean Welsh, The Baltimore Sun

7:45 AM EDT, March 19, 2014

Baltimore County police fatally shot a man after he charged at officers with a knife Tuesday afternoon in Parkville, they said.

Early Wednesday morning, police announced the man had died and identified him as Ryan Charles Deitrich, 21, who lived in the same block where he was shot.

Officers who were called to check on the well-being of a man in the 8600 block of Oakleigh Road arrived shortly after 1 p.m. to find him outside his home, police said.

Deitrich threatened officers with a knife and charged, police said. At least one officer shot him multiple times, police said.

A tactical team responded to the residence following the shooting. All officers involved in the incident are to be placed on administrative duty, police said.

The Baltimore County Fire Department transported the man to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Oakleigh Elementary School, which is a block from the scene, was on temporary “alert status,” according to Baltimore County Public Schools spokesman Charlie Herndon. He said “alert status” typically involves keeping children off playgrounds and from walking home after school.

The school was no longer on alert status at its 3:10 p.m. dismissal, and students who typically walk home were being released to parents at the school.

Yale Cohen, who lives a few houses away, said he heard yelling and saw an officer with a gun pointed up the street when he opened his front door.

“He was pointing his gun at somebody … I couldn’t see because my tree was in the way,” Cohen said.

Cohen said the officer yelled “drop it,” several times, then crouched and fired.

He estimated he heard around 10 shots. An emergency medical team treated Deitrich lying in the street for about 15 minutes, while tactical units searched the house to make sure no one else was inside.

“It’s freaky,” Cohen said. “This never happens around here.”

Baltimore Sun reporter Carrie Wells contributed to this report.

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