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Tracy Woodfork dies after police-involved shooting

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The 22-year-old Bladensburg man who was shot by police in Silver Spring Monday morning after threatening to harm himself and possibly others has died, Montgomery County Police said. 

(Photo: John Gonzalez/WJLA)

Montgomery County Police Captain Paul Starks confirmed that police were involved in a shooting when they were called to a home on Woodland Drive in Silver Spring about 3:15 a.m. Tracy Woodfork, armed with a hand-gun, stated that he wanted to harm himself, and possibly others.

Woodfork also said that he wanted police to kill him, authorities said.

People who knew Woodfork said they believed he was headed to his girlfriend's house in Silver Spring, according to police. Officers found him in the backyard of a home, where his 23-year-old girlfriend works as a live-in nanny. Everyone in the home was warned and was able to get out safely.

Police said officers talked with Woodfork for an hour before he tried to move from a stairwell in the backyard, police said. Police saw that he had a firearm. Woodfork was hit by police fire and was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, police say. He later died.

Investigators have determined that the firearm in his possession was a replica handgun.

No officers were harmed in this incident.

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