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This story was updated and corrected at 1:32 p.m. on Oct. 8, 2012. An explanation follows the story.

Tracy Woodfork, 22, of Bladensburg is dead after he was shot by Montgomery County police responding to his call Monday morning saying he had a gun and wanted to kill himself, police said.

“Other times he stated he wanted the police to kill him,” said Officer Rebecca Innocenti, a police spokeswoman.

Police received a call from Woodfork, of the 5000 block of Volta Avenue, around 3:15 a.m. They were able to determine through talking with family members and cell phone records that he was located in the 9500 block of Woodland Drive in Silver Spring.

Police arrived on the scene at 3:17 a.m., and Woodfork was found in an outdoor stairwell leading to the basement of the residence.

Police were able to safely get Woodfork’s 23-year-old girlfriend as well as three children she was babysitting out through the front door. Police then entered the house, which belonged to the babysitting client, and saw that he had a gun, Innocenti said.

“Patrol units attempted to talk to him,” she said.

For about an hour, officers told Woodfork to drop the gun and walk up to them peacefully, Innocenti said.

At around 5 a.m., he began to come up the stairs holding the gun and was then shot by officers.

Woodfork suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital, where he was declared dead, police said.

Investigators determined that Woodfork was holding a replica handgun, which is not a real handgun.

The officers involved in the shooting have been put on paid, administrative leave, and the Montgomery County Police-Major Crimes Division and Internal Affairs Division will conduct investigations.

lpowers@gazette.net

In an earlier version of the story, we incorrectly stated that the girlfriend and three kids were located in the basement. In fact, police said it is not known where they were located in the house.