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MCP and Federal Authorities Investigate Officer-Involved Shooting at Walter Reed Medical Center

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Today, at approximately 11:58 a.m., 2nd District officers responded to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) campus located at 8901 Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda in response to a request for assistance from Department of Defense (DOD) police officers.

Investigation revealed that this morning, at approximately 11:25 a.m., Virginia State Police were conducting radar enforcement on eastbound Interstate 66.  During this enforcement, a black Mitsubishi vehicle bearing Virginia registration KEC 5665 passed through the radar zone at approximately 93 MPH.  Virginia State Police attempted to stop this vehicle but terminated the pursuit at the Maryland state line.  A lookout for the vehicle was placed with local jurisdictions.

At approximately 11:50 a.m., the Mitsubishi approached the secured entrance gate of WRNMMC off of Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda.  Prior to reaching the security gate, the driver of the vehicle made a U-turn to exit the facility and was stopped in traffic waiting to exit.  While stuck in traffic, DOD police officers approached the vehicle and observed the female driver biting on what appeared to be a bar of soap.  At this point, the driver struck another vehicle and exited the facility on to Wisconsin Avenue.

The driver continued on southbound Wisconsin Avenue and made a right-hand turn into the Medical Center Metro station.  She then exited the Metro station and continued northbound back toward WRNMMC.  At this point, a DOD police officer observed and attempted to stop the vehicle.  The driver stopped but refused to roll down the window.  The officer used his ASP baton to break the rear driver's side window of the vehicle.  The driver still refused to roll down the window.  The officer then broke the driver's window of the vehicle with his ASP baton.  At this point, the driver backed up and struck the marked DOD police cruiser parked behind her vehicle.  The driver then drove over the curb, across the sidewalk, and into the grass to escape from the officer.

At the intersection of the entrance gate to WRNMMC and Wisconsin Avenue, the driver encountered another DOD police officer.  The driver drove the vehicle at the officer, and the officer discharged his service weapon one time striking the vehicle.

The driver then continued northbound on Wisconsin Avenue driving in the southbound lanes.  The driver continued on to Cedar Lane and then north on Old Georgetown Road eventually crashing in a construction area adjacent to the Harris Teeter grocery store on Nebel Street.  The driver was taken into custody by Montgomery County Police.

The driver is identified as Angela Akosua Cobbold, age 27, of the 7800 block of Blue Gray Circle in Manassas, VA.  Charges will be available after the charging process is complete.  A photo is not available at this time.

MCP Major Crimes Division - Homicide/Sex Section will be conducting the investigation into the discharge of the DOD officer's service weapon.  Investigators will continue to co-ordinate with DOD police.

Detectives are asking that anyone who witnessed today's events to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.

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Release ID: 12-267
Media Contact: mcpnews 
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