Spencer McCain was in a "defensive position" when police officers encountered him
(OWINGS MILLS, Md.)—Baltimore County’s police chief says an unarmed black man shot by officers who reported that he appeared to have a weapon has died.
Chief Jim Johnson said at a news conference that 41-year-old Spencer Lee McCain died at 8 a.m. Thursday.
Police say there was a protective order barring McCain from going to the Owings Mills house where he was shot.
Officers were called to the about 1 a.m. Thursday for a domestic situation. Once they arrived, police say officers heard a disturbance and forced their way in.
Johnson says McCain was in a “defensive position” and the three officers thought he had a weapon. All three shot him. But Johnson says no weapon was found.
The chief says there have been many prior calls for domestic violence reports to the address.
Johnson says the officers are on administrative leave. Police say two of the officers are white and one is black.