Updated: Man Fatally Shot by Police Officer in Silver Spring

Montgomery County police said the shooting on Three Oaks Drive near downtown happened shortly after 2 p.m. and followed an altercation between the officer and an unarmed African-American man

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Detectives and officers at the scene of the shooting in Silver Spring Monday afternoon.

Via Andrew Metcalf

Updated at 8:25 p.m. Monday: A Montgomery County police officer fatally shot an unarmed man after an altercation Monday afternoon in a townhome development near downtown Silver Spring, according to authorities.

The shooting happened around 2 p.m. near 9233 Three Oaks Drive. The African-American man, who was shot multiple times, died after being taken to a local hospital, Montgomery County police Chief Tom Manger said during a press conference after the incident. Police have not identified the man, he said.

The police officer, who has been employed by the department for two years, was not injured. His name will be released Tuesday, Manger said. The officer, who is assigned to the department's Third District station in Silver Spring, has been placed on administrative leave.

According to police, the officer had cleared a call for service in the area of the 9100 block of Sligo Creek Parkway when he requested assistance at about 2:14 p.m. while he investigated a suspicious person in the 9200 block of Three Oaks Drive, which is off of Sligo Creek Parkway. Manger said he believed the call was a "911 disconnect" that was unrelated to the shooting.

Manger said the officer encountered the man in the area of 9233 Three Oaks Drive. He said the officer attempted to speak to the man and a physical altercation occurred. At that point, the officer shot the man. The officer's contact with the man lasted "a minute, maybe two minutes," Manger said. The chief said police don't know what the officer said to the man or how many shots were fired. "There is no indication that the man had a weapon," Manger said.

An officer who had arrived to offer assistance radioed that shots had been fired and emergency responders were needed, according to police. Meanwhile, the officers began providing first aid to the man before he was transported to a hospital.

Police Chief Tom Manger is seen walking to the scene shortly before he addressed reporters. Credit: Andrew Metcalf

Detectives from the Major Crimes division are investigating the shooting. Several witnesses, who weren't involved, observed the altercation and the shooting, according to Manger. The officer also had activated his body camera and the footage is being reviewed, he said. Once the detectives complete their investigation, the results will be turned over to the Howard County State's Attorney's Office for review and to decide whether the officer should be charged, as is county police protocol for a police-involved shooting.

The shooting happened in a leafy residential area of townhomes just off Sligo Creek Parkway. Hours after the shooting, neighbors were milling about on the roadway near yellow police tape. Detectives and more than a dozen officers could be seen talking to each other.

Paul Dery, who lives near the corner of Sligo Creek Parkway and Three Oaks Drive, said he walked outside to put something in his car around 2:30 p.m. and saw a police officer standing on Three Oaks Drive a couple hundred yards away. The officer appeared to be looking at something going on in a cul-de-sac that branches off Three Oaks Drive, but Dery said he couldn’t see what it was.

A minute or two later, Dery said he saw the officer run into townhome community and began hearing gunfire shortly thereafter. He counted a total of eight gunshots and noticed pauses after the first and third rounds.

Dery said after the first officer ran into the cul-de-sac, a second officer pulled up in a cruiser, got out and followed the first into the townhome community.

Within minutes of the shooting, “we had at least 11 patrol cars in the street,” Dery said.

Ella Robinson, 15, an Albert Einstein High student, said at at the time of the shooting, she was in the basement of her home about six or seven houses away from where the shooting occurred. She said she heard six shots.

"I just heard six very loud, like, bang, bang, bang, bang in a row," she said.


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