Maryland man fatally shot after attacking police officers

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Howard County Police said a 41-year-old man was shot and killed by officers responding to a domestic incident in Elkridge, Maryland, on Saturday morning.

Police said William Tucker Mathis broke into his estranged wife’s home and assaulted two officers before he was shot by officers.

Mathis was in violation of a protective order when police responded to the call shortly before 9 a.m. Saturday in the 6300 block of Woodland Forest Drive, authorities said.

Police said the woman was screaming for help when she called police. She said she had a protective order against Mathis and that he had broken into her home. She told the dispatcher that she believed Mathis was using PCP, police said.

“Officers responding to the residence found the rear glass door shattered, made entry, and were confronted by the suspect, who engaged them in a violent encounter,” Howard County Police said in a news release. “The suspect strangled one officer and struggled with two others before being shot.”

Two officers were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. They were treated and released Saturday, police said. The woman and three children in the house were not injured, police said.

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