Shared by the Howard County Police Department on October 18th:
Howard County police used de-escalation techniques, verbal skills and the least amount of force necessary Friday night to resolve a dangerous situation involving an armed man near the Mall at Columbia.
Police were called to a parking lot near the Lidl store on Little Patuxent Parkway and found Tyquan Malik Jenkins, 26, of Laurel, displaying a handgun. Officers began negotiating with him to ensure his safety and the safety of the people in the area.
After 45 minutes of Jenkins displaying the gun and eventually firing a shot toward an unoccupied area, officers sought an alternative to resolve the situation without having to use deadly force. They used rubber bullets to disorient Jenkins without injuring him and took him into custody. He was charged with multiple handgun violations and reckless endangerment.
Police later learned that Jenkins had made the call to 911 himself, to prompt a police response. According to court records, he has been taken to a Maryland Department of Health facility.
Howard County officers are trained to use the least amount of force necessary to resolve a dangerous situation, whenever possible. This case is an example of the training and culture at the HCPD, in which protecting and preserving human life is always our top priority.