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Detectives Investigate Fatal Silver Spring Shooting

For Immediate Release: Sunday, September 23, 2018

Detectives with the Montgomery County Police Department - Major Crimes Division are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the early morning hours of Sunday, September 23.

Today at approximately 3:52  a.m., 3rd District officers along with Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the 7-Eleven located at 8202 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring for the report of an assault in progress.  Responding officers located an unresponsive male outside the store suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.  Officers began life-saving efforts however the male succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased on the scene. He is being identified as Deon Christopher McDonald, 27 years old, of Hyattsville.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that McDonald was purchasing an item inside the 7-Eleven and became involved in a dispute with the store clerk during the transaction.  An armed, on-duty security guard, employed by a company that is contracted by the store to provide security services for the store, intervened.*  The dispute between McDonald and the security guard became physical and continued to the outside of the store.  During the physical altercation outside of the store, the 44-year-old security guard discharged his weapon and struck McDonald.

This remains an ongoing investigation as Major Crimes detectives continue to gather evidence and coordinate with the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office.  Anyone with information about this event is urged to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070.


*Please note that this press release has been corrected to reflect that the on-duty security guard was employed by a company that is contracted by the store to provide security services for the store.

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Release ID: 18-397
Media Contact: mcpnews 
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