By Alex DeMetrick

HOWARD COUNTY, Md. (WJZ)–Police in Howard County shot a Columbia who they say was on his way to kill his family and himself on Monday morning.

The incident happened around 7: 00 a.m. when 911 dispatchers received an emergency call from a concerned family member.

Around 8:00 a.m. police say they stopped 42 year-old James Schueler, driving a Jeep Cherokee at the corner of Hayshed Lane and Tamar Drive.

During the stop, police say negotiators were called to the scene when Schueler began holding replica pellet gun to his head attempting suicide by cop.

Howard County Police

Howard County Police

At approximately 8:15 a.m., investigators say the man got out of the Jeep and pointed a weapon at the officers prompting them to open fire on the man. An officer shot the suspect once in the torso and immediately began life -saving efforts. The man was rushed to Shock Trauma where he remains in serious but stable condition.

Police are continuing their investigation.

The officer who fired his weapon has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure after this type of incident.

He will be identified as soon as that information can be released.

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