The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy who shot and killed a Laytonsville man, who multiple witnesses said was acting erratically and struck the deputy with a long piece of wood, acted reasonably and will not be charged, according to Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office.
That office reviewed the incident under an agreement to take the lead in police-involved fatal shootings in Montgomery County.
Police reviewed cell phone video of the incident from two witnesses and interviewed at least 14 witnesses, including Cidicley Da Silva Araujo, the driver who swerved off the road.
The video was not released until recently and it really confirm what people said about him.
Many witnesses alleged that the man was acting like a zombie!
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Officer Pruitt told Howard County officials, Costlow rushed back at Pruitt and knocked his hat off and ripped his mask off. Pruitt reported that he then pushed Costlow away in an effort to use his Taser. When Costlow went to shoot the Taser, he noticed wires were hanging out as if it had already been used. Therefore, Pritt said he pulled out his handgun.
Pruitt told Howard County officials that Costlow, who had recently been involved in an earlier car accident, was growling and incoherent during this time, according to the report.
Pruitt then fired at Costlow twice, but he continued to come at the deputy sheriff so he fired more shots, he reported. An autopsy showed that Costlow received 12 gunshot wounds. That autopsy also showed that Costlow was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.