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Man shot by Charles Co. deputy charged with assault

WALDORF, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man who was shot twice Thursday by a Charles County Sheriff's deputy after allegedly reaching down his waistband for a gun faces multiple assault charges.

A spokesperson for the sheriff's office said PFC L. Blake was fearing for his safety when he shot Anthony Taylor of no fixed address after Taylor allegedly ignored commands from Blake and reached down his waistband.

The sheriff's office says Blake first spotted Taylor, 23, acting aggressively and pulling on the door of a car near the intersection of St. Charles Parkway and Post Office Road in Waldorf. The driver of the car told police he did not know Taylor and thought he was trying to hijack his car.

Man shot by Charles Co. Sheriff's deputy

Blake shouted several commands at Taylor after he allegedly fled from the vehicle. Taylor then reached down his waistband, which the sheriff's office says prompted Bake to fire his gun, hitting Taylor twice. 

Taylor was transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after he was shot. An off-duty Secret Service agent also helped provide medical aid for Taylor.

A stolen handgun was found in Taylor's waistband, according to the sheriff's office.

Taylor was charged with one count each of first-degree assault, second-degree assault and possession of a handgun.   

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