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Jeffrey Dustin Nichols shot, critically wounded by Howard County police

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A man remains in critical condition Wednesday after Howard County police shot him eight times after he refused to drop a weapon.

Jeffrey Dustin Nichols, 19, of the 6600 block of Grouse Rd. in Elkridge, suffered eight gunshot wounds in his torso and extremities on Monday and remains at Shock Trauma in critical condition, Howard County Police say.

About 3 p.m. Monday, police received a call that a man with a gun fired shots in Hanover. Polcie saw a man with a handgun walking near Loudon and Melrose avenues.

Police ordered the man to drop his weapon, but he did not. The man continued to walk along railroad tracks to the back parking lot of an industrial park in the 7400 block of Hi Tech Drive.

After continually refusing to comply, police shot him.

Prior to this incident, Nichols had been taken into custody by Howard County Police following a stand-off with officers at his home.

On October 7, Nichols called 911 indicating that he needed help. Officers arrived and found Nichols outside brandishing a knife. According to the police report, Nichols made statements to officers that he wanted police to shoot him, to "just do it" and "make it quick."

Nichols ignored commands to drop the knife and began stabbing and cutting himself. Officers took him into custody and transported him to the hospital for evaluation.

A similar incident occurred at Nichols' home on Sept. 11. Police were called to the residence for a subject cutting his arms with a knife. According to the police report, officers found Nichols bleeding and took him to the hospital for evaluation.

The incident is still under investigation. All officers involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave which is standard.

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