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Officer-Involved Shooting Investigated in White Oak

For Immediate Release: Thursday, May 7, 2020

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police - Major Crimes Division are investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred this afternoon in White Oak.

The preliminary investigation revealed that at approximately 2:15 p.m., 3rd District officers responded to the area of the 1500 block of Hadden Manor Court for the report of a male who was in the parking lot of the neighborhood and causing a disturbance while armed with a large knife.

A 3rd District officer who was first to arrive at Hadden Manor Court observed the suspect armed with the knife in the parking lot.  The officer exited his patrol car and gave several verbal commands to the suspect to get on the ground.  The suspect, while holding the knife, rushed at the officer and was shot by the officer.  The officer attempted life-saving measures at the scene.  Fire & Rescue personnel transported the 30-year-old suspect to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Detectives are currently reviewing all available video footage, to include officers’ body-worn camera footage, and all other evidence as part of the ongoing investigation.

It is anticipated that the identity of the suspect will be released tomorrow.

The identity of the officer, a 17-year veteran of the Department, will be released at a later date.  Per protocol, the officer has been placed on paid, administrative leave.

Following an established procedure, once Major Crimes detectives complete their investigation of the officer-involved shooting, the findings will be submitted to the Howard County’s State’s Attorney’s Office for review.*

This incident in its entirety remains under investigation.  Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.  Callers may remain anonymous.

{*An established agreement between the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office stipulates that when an officer-involved shooting involving injury or death occurs in one county, the other county’s State’s Attorney’s Office will review the event.}

Knife suspect was holding when he rushed at the officerKnife suspect was holding when he rushed at the officer (Original Image)

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Release ID: 20-168
Media Contact: Rick Goodale 
Categories: shooting