Knife Wielding Man Shot Early Tuesday Morning By Deputy

He was medivaced to Shock Trauma.



New Market, Md (KM). A New Market man was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma in Baltimore early Tuesday morning after he was shot by a deputy.

The Frederick  County Sheriff’s Office says  deputies were dispatched to the 6100 block of Mississippi Lane shortly before midnight on March 20th  for an open 911 call.  Authorities say the caller’s son was acting strangely, possibly a reaction to medication.  A male could be heard yelling in the background.

Deputy Samantha Foland arrived at the scene at around 12:10 AM on Tuesday, March 21st, and met the caller at the door.  She made a radio call about shots fired, and a man was injured, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.  Deputy Foland requested medical services.

The Sheriff’s Office says  preliminary investigation revealed that Deputy Foland was confronted by Alexander Astudillo, 32, who was armed with a knife.  She drew her weapon and  ordered Astudillo to drop the knife.  He refused and Deputy Foland fired her service weapon once, striking Astudillo  in the hand and upper chest.

The knife was recovered from the scene.

Additional deputies arrived at the home, and administered first aid until EMS units came to the scene to take over, and prepare Astudillo  for transport to Shock Trauma.

The Sheriff’s Office says Astudillo is listed in stable condition.

In according with a memorandum of understanding,  investigators from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office were called to the scene, and are handling the criminal investigation of the incident, according to the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Foland has been placed on administrative leave.  She is a two-year veteran of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.


By Kevin McManus