Montgomery County Changes Phone Reporting for Animal Emergencies and Complaints

Effective Monday, July 1, 2013 at 6:00 a.m., calls to report animal emergencies and complaints in Montgomery County will be answered by Montgomery County Police Emergency Communications Center or MC311 call takers.


Call 9-1-1 to report animal-related emergencies:

  • Animal attacks in progress
  • An animal locked in a hot car
  • Animal cruelty in progress
  • An animal creating a traffic hazard


Call the police non-emergency number 301-279-8000 to report animal-related complaints:

  • A sick or injured animal or one that appears abandoned
  • An animal neglect situation
  • An animal in a trap issued by Montgomery County
  • An animal in distress due to severe weather conditions(animals without shelter or water)
  • An animal threatening the well-being of a community member (not in-progress)
  • An animal bite/attack (not in-progress)
  • An animal nuisance such as a barking dog, or not cleaning up after a pet


The MC311 Information Center will handle reports of dead deer along the roadway:

  • Call 3-1-1 or 240-777-0311 from a cell phone, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • To report a dead deer on a 24/7 basis, use the MC311 website


Continue to call 240-773-5960 to reach the Montgomery County Animal Shelter to inquire about:

  • Pet adoptions
  • The low-cost spay/neuter program
  • Pet licensing
  • To report a lost pet
  • Other animal shelter matters


Continue to call 240-773-5925 to reach the police Animal Services Division:

  • To speak with an Animal Services Officer
  • Follow up on a previously reported animal-related complaint
  • Inquire about the Animal Matters Hearing Board
  • Inquire about rabies vaccination clinics


Community members have become familiar with calling the police non-emergency number 301-279-8000 to report less serious crimes such as parking violations, noise complaints, a crime that is not in progress, and to report a suspicious person, vehicle, or situation. The police non-emergency number could also previously be called to report animal nuisance complaints.


Police Investigate Drowning at Purple Horse Beach – Billy Goat Trail

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division – Homicide and Sex Section are investigating a drowning that occurred on Monday at Purple Horse Beach, which is part of the Billy Goat Trail.

On Monday, June 24, at approximately 1:51 p.m., Montgomery County Fire & Rescue received a call for a possible drowning of a 19-year-old male at Purple Horse Beach.  Montgomery County Fire & Rescue began a rescue mission.  Montgomery County Police search and rescue officers responded to the beach to provide assistance on land.

Today, following an extended joint operation, Montgomery County Fire & Rescue recovered the victim’s body in the water at approximately 9:15 a.m.   Montgomery County Police search and rescue officers were on scene during these recovery efforts.  The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Montgomery County Police detectives are leading the investigation into the male’s death.  Investigation has revealed that the victim was swimming with friends when his friends noticed him go under the water and not resurface.  A witness contacted 911.

The victim has been identified as Ngo Tekwe Forchick of Takoma Park, Maryland.


Arrest Made in June 2012 Homicide

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department- Homicide and Sex Section have made an arrest in the June 6, 2012 homicide of Eric Somuah.  Katrina Renee Ben, age 35, of the 2700 block of Highway 84 East in Silver Creek, Mississippi, has been arrested and charged with first degree murder for the homicide of Somuah.

On June 6, 2012, Montgomery County Police officers responded to the victim’s apartment in the 1100 block of East-West Highway in Silver Spring to check his welfare; a family member could not get in touch with the victim and the victim had not been to work.  Responding officers made entry into the apartment and found Somuah deceased from a gunshot wound to the head.  A spent shell casing was recovered on the scene.  The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the manner of death as a homicide.

On scene, officers noted that the apartment was locked and there were no visible signs of forced entry.  Katrina Renee Ben was the last known person to be with the victim in his apartment before his death.  During an interview, Ben stated to detectives that she was the victim’s neighbor and that she was involved in a romantic relationship with the victim.

The day after the homicide, a partially disassembled gun was found on Interstate 495 near Colesville Road by a resident and was turned over to the police department.  The bullet recovered from the victim’s body was examined by the Montgomery County Police-Firearms Examination Unit and it was determined that the rifling characteristics from the bullet were consistent with the gun recovered from the Interstate.  After an extensive investigation, it was also determined that Ben had purchased a gun at a pawn shop in 2004 and that the make, model, and serial number on that purchased gun and recovered gun matched.

On June 19, 2013, an arrest warrant was issued for Ben, charging her with first degree murder.  On June 21, Montgomery County police detectives, with the assistance of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), arrested Ben at her residence in Silver Creek, Mississippi.  Ben is currently in the Lawrence County, Mississippi jail, pending extradition to Montgomery County.


Katrina Renee Ben

Katrina Renee Ben





Update: Officer-Involved Shooting in Gaithersburg

The Montgomery County Police Department continues to investigate the officer-involved shooting that occurred in Gaithersburg on June 23.

The suspect is currently in the hospital and, although is under arrest, has not been formally charged.  Following the policy of the department, the name of the suspect will not be released until he is discharged from the hospital and is formally charged.

Further investigation has determined that the suspect in Montgomery County Police custody is the same suspect involved in the domestic incident in Howard County.  It has also been determined that the suspect did not discharge the shotgun at the time he was stopped by officers.

The name of the involved officer is Police Officer III David Delacruz, a 19-year veteran of the department.