Update: Officer-Involved Shooting of Armed Bank Robbery Suspect Investigation Continues; Suspect Believed to Have Committed Previous Bank Robbery

Detectives with the Major Crimes Division of the Montgomery County Department of Police continue to investigate the officer-involved shooting of an armed bank robbery suspect that occurred yesterday in Silver Spring.

The suspect has been identified as Mikyas Mehary Tegegne, age 31, of no fixed address. Major Crimes detectives believe that Tegegne also committed a robbery at the Sandy Spring Bank located at 8401 Colesville Road on December 24, 2018.  (Please click here to read the press release regarding the robbery).

The officer involved in the shooting is identified as Christopher LaPointe, a two-and-a-half-year veteran of the Department. He is currently assigned to the Patrol Services Bureau and works in the 3rd District. As is protocol, Officer LaPointe has been placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation.

This incident in its entirety remains under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070. Callers may remain anonymous.


Mikyas Tegegne (December 2018 arrest photo, courtesy of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia)