2021 | Police & Fire

Four officers, man identified after fatal shooting, chase in Gaithersburg

Police say man pulled a handgun

Gaithersburg police shot and killed a man on Friday, following a chase. Police say the man pulled out a gun.

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This story was updated at 8:51 p.m. on Jan. 9, 2021, to include the name and age of the man who was fatally shot by police.

Four Gaithersburg police officers have been identified as being involved in the fatal shooting on Friday of a man after a chase.

Four plain clothes officers approached the man — identified on Saturday as 24-year-old Kwamena Ocran — as he was walking in the area of 14. S. Frederick Ave. after receiving a report that he was armed with a handgun.

According to the Gaithersburg Police Department, the officers identified themselves as officers before the man ran across Md. 355 to Chelsea Park Apartments at 14 S. Frederick Ave. The officers chased him on foot.

Gaithersburg Police Chief Mark Sroka told reporters at a press conference on Friday that the man pulled out a handgun after reaching a “grass sidewalk area” at the apartments.

One or more police officers discharged their firearms, Sroka said.. They tried to care for the man and radioed for assistance from Montgomery County Fire & Rescue before he was pronounced dead at the scene, he said.

According to a Saturday afternoon Gaithersburg police news release, the officers involved in the shooting were:
● Sgt. Willie Delgado (17-year veteran)
● Cpl. Larbi Dakkouni (8-year veteran)
● Officer James Doyle (5-year veteran)
● Officer Kyle Khuen (5-year veteran)

All four officers are assigned to the Special Operations Bureau and work in the Street Crimes Unit.

Per department policy, they have been placed on paid administrative leave while the Major Crimes Division of the Montgomery County Department of Police investigates the shooting.

Once the investigation is complete, the findings will be submitted to the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office, which reviews police shootings involving injuries or deaths in Montgomery County.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting can contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070. Callers may remain anonymous.

Briana Adhikusuma can be reached at briana.adhikusuma@bethesdamagazine.com.