Maryland teen Peyton Ham fatally shot by state trooper was honors student

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Maryland teen Peyton Ham fatally shot by state trooper was honors student

A 16-year-old Maryland resident who was fatally shot by a state trooper while armed with a toy gun and knife was a “sweet young ma

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A 16-year-old Maryland resident who was fatally shot by a state trooper while armed with a toy gun and knife was a “sweet young man” and honors student, relatives said.

Peyton Alexander Ham, who attended Leonardtown High School, was remembered as a “talented” honors student with promise Wednesday in the wake of the shooting.

His family said he was “an incredibly smart, gifted sweet young man” with an “Alex P. Keaton” type personality, referring to the overachieving TV character played by Michael J. Fox on “Family Ties.”

“Our family is absolutely heart broken and shattered over this sudden, unexpected loss of life of a talented young man, filled with promise,” his family said in a statement. “Words cannot express the gratitude our family is feeling with the overwhelming love and support being extended by our friends and family in our amazing community.”

Ham’s mother, Kristee Boyle, described the teen as “an awesome young man.”

“It’s a horrific situation,” Boyle said.

Ham was shot Tuesday afternoon in Leonardtown by a trooper responding to reports of a possibly armed person acting suspiciously, according to State Police Superintendent Woodrow Jones III.

A trooper responding to a pair of 911 calls fatally shot 16-year-old Peyton Ham
Peyton Ham was shot Tuesday afternoon in Leonardtown by a trooper responding to reports of a possibly armed person acting suspiciously.
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A witness told police they saw Ham in the driveway “in a shooting stance” and pointing an airsoft gun at the trooper, who opened fire on the teen and wounded him, Jones said.

Another witness said the wounded Ham whipped out a knife and tried to get up, Jones said.

Knife recovered at the scene where Peyton Ham was shot and killed by police
A knife recovered at the scene where Peyton Ham was shot and killed by police
Maryland State Police

“The trooper ordered him to drop the knife before he fired again,” Jones told reporters.

First aid was performed at the scene on Ham, but he later died at a nearby hospital, authorities said.

Stock photo of an airsoft gun, similar to what Peyton Ham had in Leonardtown before being shot and killed by police
Stock photo of an airsoft gun, similar to what Peyton Ham had in his possession before being shot and killed by police
Maryland State Police

With Post wires

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