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Montgomery County Detectives Investigate Fatal Shooting in Poolesville; No Charges Filed Against Homeowner

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Gaithersburg, MD - Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division are investigating the October 11 fatal shooting that occurred at a residence in Poolesville.  


On October 11, at approximately 9 a.m., a homeowner at a residence in the 18000 block of River Road in Poolesville called the Emergency Communications Center (ECC). While on the phone with ECC, the homeowner fired at the individual, who had made entry into the residence, striking and killing him. 


Montgomery County Fire Rescue and 1st District officers responded to the scene. 


The decedent was identified as Harry Trueman Powell, age 34, of Washington, D.C.  


It appeared that Powell had been sleeping in the basement of the residence for some time without the homeowner’s permission. The homeowner did not know Powell. 


This is an active and ongoing investigation. No criminal charges will be filed against the homeowner. This is an isolated incident.

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Release ID: 21-385
Media Contact: CC 
Categories: shooting