County Police Investigate Possible Shots From a Pellet Gun Fired at Patrol Cars

$10,000 reward offered for information about Silver Spring incident

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Montgomery County police are investigating the possible firing of shots from a pellet gun at patrol cars parked near downtown Silver Spring on Tuesday night while officers were investigating a report of disorderly conduct and a possible assault.

According to a police press report, 3rd District officers responded at 8:46 p.m. to report of a large group of disorderly people in the 7900 block of Georgia Avenue, an area near the Maryland-Washington, D.C., line.

While officers responded to the area, one person thought to be involved with the group was located in the 8000 block of Georgia Avenue, an area closer to downtown Silver Spring. Four officers had responded to that location and their police cruisers—some with emergency lights activated—were parked close by when they heard a loud pinging noise in the area of the cruisers at 9:21 p.m.

Soon after, the officers heard additional pinging noises. After inspecting the vehicles, police located a small dent on the front passenger door of one of the cruisers.

“The dent was indicative of a pellet-type projectile,” police said. “For their safety, officers left the immediate area.”

Sgt. Rebecca Innocenti, a police spokesperson, said Wednesday the marks were consistent with that of a BB gun.

Police ask anyone with information to call the 3rd District at 240-773-6860. Crime Solvers of Montgomery County is offering a $10,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest of the suspects. Tipster can remain anonymous.

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