Howard County police have confirmed the identity of a man who died last Thursday after being shot during a confrontation with police officers in Columbia. Percy Holland, 32, of 586 Preston Street in Baltimore, was located at a residence in the 9000 block of Constant Course, Columbia, after holding his estranged girlfriend at gunpoint in her Baltimore home on Exeter St. hours earlier.
According to the Howard County Police Department, detectives investigating the incident have learned that when officers located Holland, he began making statements that he had a gun and was going to shoot the police and himself. Although officers repeatedly directed him to show his hands, Holland refused and continued to make statements to the officers, including “You’re going to have to kill me or I’m going to kill you,” and “I have a gun, I will use it.”
Family members reported that Holland had made suicidal statements earlier in the day, the police said, and when officers arrived at the house that evening, he said that the police “weren’t going to take him alive.”
Howard County officers were called around 7:45 p.m. by Baltimore police officers who had information that Holland may be inside the residence in Columbia. Holland was charged in a Baltimore warrant with first- and second-degree assault, gun charges and reckless endangerment.
According to the warrant, Holland broke into an ex-girlfriend’s home just after midnight, Aug. 9, and woke her by putting a gun to her head. The warrant says he told the woman he was going to kill her. The charges state that he held the woman overnight and assaulted her. In the morning, she was able to escape and call 911. Holland fled with the couple’s 2-year-old child.
Last night, police located Holland at an acquaintance’s residence in Columbia. Baltimore and Howard police officers approached the house around the front and back. They knocked on the front door and were let into the home by a resident. Officers in the back of the house were confronted outside by Holland. The exchange ensued, with Holland claiming he had a gun, threatening to shoot the officers and refusing to show his hands. As he made furtive movements toward one of the officers, the officer shot him.
Holland was pronounced dead at Howard County General Hospital. Investigators are awaiting an autopsy to confirm details about his injuries. It is unconfirmed at this time how many times he was shot and where he was struck. Police did not locate a gun at the scene.
The 2-year-old child was not at the residence at the time of the incident and was located unharmed at the home of a relative.
The officer involved is a patrol supervisor who has been with the police department for 12 years. Sgt. Justin Baker, 34, is on administrative leave during an internal affairs investigation, which is standard procedure.