WESTMINSTER, Md. – A trooper fatally shot a Carroll County man in Westminster on Monday morning, after the man stabbed the trooper, according to Maryland State Police.

Law enforcement authorities said a trooper was responding to a report of destruction of property in which the caller described a suspect and said he was armed with a knife, reported Carroll County Times

The trooper encountered a man at about 8 a.m. near Washington Road and Stoner Avenue in Westminster and attempted to talk to him. However, a struggle ensued and the man stabbed the trooper before the trooper was able to shoot the suspect, police said.

As a result, the wounded attacker was taken to Carroll Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to state police. The trooper, a six-year veteran based in the Westminster Barrack, was being treated at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after being flown there, according to Greg Shipley, a Maryland State Police spokesman.

“The prognosis is good” for the trooper, Shipley said.

A preliminary investigation revealed the trooper had been responding to a victim who reported vehicle damage, according to Shipley. A second victim whose tires were slashed gave the trooper a description of a white man carrying a blade.

During follow-up investigation, the trooper approached the suspect. Consequently, a struggle ensued and the suspect stabbed the trooper at least once in the side, Shipley said. The trooper then fired at his attacker, though Shipley did not confirm the number of rounds the trooper fired.

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Maryland State Police were involved in a fatal OIS in Westminster. (Screenshot Carroll County Times)

The man who was killed is a 34-year-old from Carroll County, state police said. Nevertheless, they have not yet released his identity, pending notification of family.

Westminster police said in a statement Monday that they were investigating a series of incidents of malicious damage to vehicles around the east side of their city. The agency has received at least 15 reports since Sunday, according to the release.

Reported damage included broken windshield wipers, mirrors and antenna and slashed tires, police said.

“Police believe these incidents may potentially be related to an ongoing investigation currently being conducted by Maryland state police just outside of city limits,” according to the CC Times.

Those with information about the vehicle damage are asked to contact Lt. Jeff Schuster of the Criminal Investigations Bureau at 410-848-3846. Individuals can also send a confidential text to 847411, keyword TIPWPD or contact the TIPS line at 410-857-8477.

The state police homicide unit was tasked with investigating the shooting, Shipley said. State’s Attorney Brian DeLeonardo was at the scene Monday morning, Shipley said, and later findings will be passed to his office for review.

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the investigation at the scene of the shooting Monday morning. A knife was located at the scene, state police said.

The investigation is ongoing. Maryland State Police internal affairs will also review the incident.