Man Charged with Attempted Murder of Police Officers

Jonathan Hemming

Jonathan Hemming

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Firearms Investigative Unit have arrested and charged Jonathan Hemming, age 52, of the 100 block of Spring Street in Gaithersburg, with attempted murder, firearm-related offenses, and drug offenses, after he attempted to shoot officers with a homemade handgun.

On May 18, detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Repeat Offender Unit began surveillance on Hemming as he was wanted on drug-related charges.  At approximately 3:30 p.m., detectives observed Hemming enter a vehicle at an address in Gaithersburg.  Detectives approached the vehicle and told Hemming he was under arrest.  Hemming resisted the arrest, became combative with the officers, and reached in the center compartment area of the vehicle and grabbed a homemade handgun.  A Taser was deployed on Hemming after he pointed the gun at detectives.

Hemming was then removed from the vehicle and placed under arrest. Detectives determined that the homemade handgun that Hemming attempted to use was capable of firing shotgun rounds.  In his pants pockets, Hemming was found to have a second homemade handgun in his pants pocket as well as shotgun shells and ammunition for a handgun.

Hemming was transported to the Central Processing Unit where he was charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of attempted second-degree murder, assault charges, firearms-related charges, and drug-related charges. Hemming is currently being held without bond.

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