Montgomery County police officer who was shot was a 20-year-veteran

UPDATED: Montgomery officer who was shot in Prince George’s also was shot in 2007

Tuesday’s shooting was by Florida homicide suspect; earlier case was drug investigation

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A Montgomery County police officer recovering from a gunshot wound this week while trying to arrest a Florida homicide suspect also was shot while on duty in 2007.

Police wrote in a press release Wednesday that Det. Donnie Oaks, a 20-year Montgomery County police veteran, was shot and is in stable condition at a hospital after having surgery Tuesday night.

Oaks was among the Montgomery County officers who tried on Tuesday to arrest Shawn Lequin Braddy, who was accused of a homicide on Monday in Clay County, Fla.

Montgomery County officers who are part of a U.S. Marshal’s Service task force heard that Braddy was in the Washington metropolitan area.

Officers surveilled an area in Prince George’s County and tried to arrest Braddy around 3:30 p.m. in the 9500 block of Muirkirk Road in Laurel on Tuesday, police said.

Amid the struggle, Braddy shot at Montgomery County officers, hitting one, authorities said. During a chase, officers fired back, killing Braddy.

Sgt. Rebecca Innocenti, a Montgomery County police spokeswoman, confirmed to Bethesda Beat Wednesday that Oaks was also shot while investigating a drug operation more than 13 years ago.

In 2007, Oaks met two teenagers undercover in a Burtonsville parking lot in an attempt to stop a drug deal, The Washington Post reported at the time. Oaks suffered injuries to his head, arm, shoulder and ear, then-police spokeswoman Lucille Baur said at the time, saying the officer was “extremely fortunate that he survived this so well.”

More recently, Oaks was one of 10 officers who received Bronze Awards from the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce in 2017 for their work in the case of Eulalio Tordil, who shot four people — two of them, in Bethesda and Aspen Hill, fatally — in 2016.

Florida news outlets reported that Braddy was accused of killing a woman with four children, including two that were his, on Monday.

It was not clear why Braddy was in the D.C. area on Tuesday.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office released a photo of Braddy on social media Monday and wrote that they thought he was involved in a fatal shooting in the Oakleaf area, near Jacksonville. They asked for the public’s help in finding him and wrote that he was considered “armed and dangerous.”

Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones gave some details of the shooting during a press briefing on Wednesday, but did not identify Oaks or Braddy.

The Prince George’s County Police Department is investigating Tuesday’s shooting, police said.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com

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