2021 | Police & Fire

Man dead after being shot by police in Gaithersburg

Few details given about what led to shooting

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A 21-year-old man was shot and killed by police after a brief standoff on Friday night in a Gaithersburg McDonald’s parking lot.

At about 9:15 p.m., Montgomery County police officers responded to a trespassing call at McDonald’s on Flower Hill Way, according to a press release from the department on Saturday. The caller told police the man had ordered food, but refused to pay or move from the drive-through.

When an officer arrived and approached the vehicle, they allegedly saw a handgun in the passenger seat and called for backup. The officer called for help, and police attempted to “deescalate the situation by negotiating with the driver” for about 30 minutes, according to the press release.

At some point, “circumstances that are still under investigation led to officers firing their weapons and the driver was shot,” the press release said. It does not say more about what led to the shots being fired, how many shots were fired or how many officers were involved.

The man was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Neither he nor the officers involved were identified by the police department on Saturday. The press release said the officers involved were placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.

The Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office will investigate the incident.

Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones is scheduled to hold a press conference on Monday afternoon.