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Maryland State Trooper Shoots Dead 16-Year-Old with Airsoft Pellet Gun

HeadlineApr 15, 2021

In Maryland, 16-year-old Peyton Alexander Ham died Tuesday after he was fatally shot by a state trooper in St. Mary’s County. Few details of Ham’s killing have emerged, but police cited a witness who said Ham appeared to be pointing a gun toward a trooper, who then shot and wounded him. Another witness told investigators the boy then got up, pulled out a knife and was shot a second time by the trooper. Police released photos of an airsoft plastic pellet gun and a small knife recovered from the scene.

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