A state trooper shot and killed a 16-year-old armed with a knife and airsoft gun, Maryland authorities say

A Maryland state trooper shot and killed a 16-year-old on Tuesday afternoon.

(CNN)A 16-year-old, armed with a knife and what turned out to be an airsoft gun, was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon by a Maryland state trooper, a state police official said.

The shooting is the latest incident of police killing or wounding teenagers who were found with or near nonlethal guns, including recent cases in Arizona, California and Oklahoma. It also comes as police use of force is again under scrutiny following the shooting deaths in the past month of 13-year-old Adam Toledo in Chicago and 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Minnesota.
Authorities in Maryland got two 911 calls just before 1:30 p.m. Tuesday about a "guy acting suspicious" who the callers thought had a gun, said Col. Woodrow Jones, the state police secretary. The first call was disconnected when the operator asked for a location, while the second caller gave an address but not a name, he said.
      The trooper got there within minutes and confronted a male in a driveway, a preliminary investigation indicated. The male was "armed with a gun and a knife," Jones said.
        The person in the driveway was in a "shooting stance," pointing a gun at the trooper, according to a witness, Jones said. The trooper fired at the male and wounded him, Jones added.
          Peyton Ham
          Then, the male pulled out a knife and tried to get up, according to a second witness, Jones said. The trooper ordered him to drop the knife before firing again, Jones said.
          The trooper reported the shooting and authorities rendered aid to the teen until emergency medical personnel arrived and took him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
          He was identified as Peyton Ham of Leonardtown.
          His family issued a statement Wednesday saying it was heartbroken and shattered.
          The statement, provided to CNN by family attorney Christopher Longmore, describes the teenager as "an incredibly smart, gifted sweet young man" who was an honor student attending Leonardtown High School.
          They compared him to the Alex P. Keaton character on the hit 1980s sitcom "Famiy Ties."
          "His love of conservative politics always taking center stage to his lively debates at the family dinner table," the statement reads.
          Peyton hoped to become a politician one day, according to the statement.
          A gun that was recovered at the scene was determined to be an airsoft gun that is "a close representation of an actual handgun," Jones said. A knife was also recovered, he added.
          A typical airsoft gun uses a spring or compressed air to drive air that propels round plastic