(Update) Police: Man Killed in Police-Involved Shooting Christmas Night

A Taneytown man was shot and killed by a Taneytown police officer Tuesday night.

A man was shot and killed by a Taneytown police officer Tuesday night after police say the man threatened the officer with a hammer.

According to a Maryland State Police news release, at approximately 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 25, the parents of Edward L. Becker, Jr., 26, of Commerce Drive in Taneytown called 911 to report Becker had been drinking and was acting disorderly. Police said Becker's father reported Becker was smashing windows out of his truck with a hammer.

Three Taneytown Police officers responded to the call and saw Becker walking down the street toward them, according to the news release. The officers exited their vehicles and began shouting commands to Becker to drop the hammer and surrender, police said. The officers, who were all in uniform and marked patrol cars, according to the news release, retreated down the street and positioned themselves behind their police cars.

Police said Becker failed to respond to police commands to drop the hammer and surrender. He approached to approximately within arm's length of an officer and raised the hammer at which time the officer, whose name has not been released, fired his department issued pistol, striking Becker in the upper torso, police said.

Becker was was pronounced dead at the Carroll Hospital Center.

The officer involved, a four-and-a-half year veteran of the Taneytown Police Department, has been placed on routine administrative leave, according to the news release.

Taneytown Police Chief William Tyler requested that the shooting be investigated by the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit. Investigators from the Homicide Unit, the Westminster Barrack, and State Police crime scene technicians responded to the scene to process evidence and conduct the investigation.

The investigation is continuing. Upon completion, it will be forwarded to the Carroll County State's Attorney's Office for review, according to the news release.

Dave A. January 02, 2013 at 01:45 PM
Same to you Buck!
Just_another_opinion January 06, 2013 at 01:13 PM
There are good and bad individuals in every profession obviously, not just law enforcement. Those who have chosen this career path are held to a higher standard than others. I have met police officers I don't like and I know others that are decent people that care about their community. I would not let any previous experience I've had form my opinion about someone that I don't know. The truth will come out in the end- karma is inescapable.
Kym Byrnes January 09, 2013 at 10:11 PM
Patch checked in with the State Police PIO to see if there are any updates to this story. The response was as follows: "The State Police investigation into the police involved shooting is active and ongoing. When it is complete, it will be presented to the Carroll County State's Attorney's Office for review. There are no 'official' findings at this point." Patch will continue to follow this story.
TTown January 27, 2013 at 12:26 AM
How many of you live in Taneytown? How many of you live on that street? How many of you saw with your own eyes what happened ? I live very close to where this took place and have a family member who is a MD State Trooper. He told me the officer who shot him had NO CHOICE but to shoot the guy. He said the whole event was taped and it is very clear he had no choice. The guy was Drunk and out of Control. That is why his OWN FAMILY CALLED the Police. The Police showed up, asked the guy to calm down and drop the hammer. He charged and cornered one officers and got shot. From I have heard the officer will not be charged. It was an unfortunate night of events and a man lost his life because he was drunk and acting like a moron. He was a danger to his family and then went outside and was a danger to the public. Society needs to start taking responsibility for there own actions, stop blaming others for there problems, pick themselves up and Pass GO. If you get drunk or HI, go outside act like an Idiot, try to rob someone or break into a persons house, you may get shot, end of story.
Just_another_opinion January 27, 2013 at 02:32 PM
I agree with you TTown, and yes, I live here too. I feel badly for Becker's family- the whole event has been a nightmare for everyone. No, I did not see what happened that night and therefore will refrain from any judgement. I would be willing to bet that if that officer had fired his weapon to protect someone else from being killed that people would have praised his actions instead of questioning his actions. It's just sad that it had to come to that. What about that officer's right to protect his own life? What about his right to go home to his family? I am sure that the incident that happened that night will be with him forever, and I'm sure that he wishes it never had to happen. The Taneytown Police are decent people- they work days, nights and holidays for less than average pay to protect this community and they deserve our respect. This is a very unfortunate situation for everyone.


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