COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) — Howard County Police have identified the officer who shot and killed a man who threatened him with a knife.
The department said in a news release Monday that Officer First Class Luke Buchanan shot 19-year-old Gary Carmona Boitano of Hyattsville.
Boitano was shot Friday after officers were called to a home in Columbia, about 22 miles southwest of Baltimore. A caller reported that a man with a knife was inside the home and threatening to kill him.
Police say officers who responded found Boitano in the driveway with a knife. Police say an officer was "forced to fire" at Boitano after he refused to drop the knife.
Buchanan, an 8-year veteran of the department, remains on leave as the shooting is investigated.