Who was Peyton Ham?
Peyton Ham was a young Maryland boy who was shot dead by a state trooper on Tuesday, April 13, as authorities say the teenager was armed with an airsoft gun and a knife. Ham was pointing the replica gun at the responding trooper, who believed it to be a real firearm during the 1.30 pm encounter in Leonardtown.
A Maryland state trooper shot and killed a 16-year-old boy, claiming he had a knife and an airsoft gun, which shoots non-lethal pellets.
The victim was identified as #PeytonHam.
Police claim the toy gun looked real and he was in a “shooting stance.” There is no bodycam video. pic.twitter.com/Jqsu1rvjXG
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Ham lived at a nearby home in the 23000 block of Hollywood Road.
How old was Peyton Ham?
Peyton Ham was 16 years old at the time of death, April 13, 2021.
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The police authorities received two 911 phone calls two minutes apart, reporting someone acting suspiciously who appeared to have a gun, Maryland State Police Superintendent Jerry Jones said. A trooper confronted a male subject armed with a knife and an airsoft gun that was a close replica of a handgun.
The male trooper, whose identity has not been revealed yet, shot Ham once before the teen stood back up wielding a knife, another witness told police.
The incident took place in a driveway in the 23000 block of Hollywood Road, Jones added.
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The trooper told the teenager to drop the knife, but he refused. The trooper then fired another shot. The circumstances surrounding the shooting were revealed during a press briefing by the Maryland State Police on Tuesday, April 13, night.
He was rushed to MedStar St Mary’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Peyton Ham Obituary
“Any loss of life is a tragedy; this especially is a tragedy,” Jones said. “We take these very seriously. I certainly empathize with the family of this young man and what they’re feeling right now. I can’t even comprehend how sad this has got to be, and tragic, and we feel that. The investigators feel that.”
The trooper has been put on administrative leave while the investigation is going on. Passersby were told to expect road closures and heavy police presence.