Montgomery County Department of Police Statement on Enforcement of Governor Hogan’s Executive Order

(Español: Declaración del Departamento de Policía del Condado de Montgomery sobre la Implementación de la Orden Ejecutiva del Gobernador Hogan)

 

The Montgomery County Department of Police is committed to serving our community during the COVID-19 crisis.  With the latest Executive Order from Governor Hogan requiring residents to stay home unless they need to go out for essential services or are employees working with a business providing essential services, many concerns have been expressed regarding our response.

The Montgomery County Department of Police are taking the following steps with regard to our enforcement of the Governor’s Order and our response to crime and calls for service:

  • We will not randomly stop community members for compliance checks of the Governor’s orders.
  • If we encounter people via a traffic stop, police call for service, investigations or a gathering of individuals, we will inquire if individuals are in compliance with the Governor’s Order.
  • Crimes are still occurring in the county and we are responding and investigating incidents.  Serious crimes are taking priority and we are asking for the public’s patience as we investigate lesser crimes but note we are investigating them.  Vehicle collisions are still occurring and we are encouraging the community to drive safely, slow down and be aware of all pedestrians.
  • We have developed a staffing plan to have sufficient police officers ready to respond 24/7 and patrol our streets to protect life and property during this crisis.
  • Per Montgomery County policy, officers will not ask any community members of their immigration status.

The Montgomery County Department of Police will continue to evaluate the rapidly evolving situation and review our approaches and make changes as needed to ensure compliance with Governor Hogan’s Executive Order.

A link to Governor Hogan’s Executive Order is located at:

Governor Hogan’s Executive Order 3-30-2020 (English Language Version)

 

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Update: Officer-Involved Shooting in Potomac; Additional Information Released

On March 12, 2020, detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police, with the assistance of the Special Operations Division – Tactical Unit, served a high-risk search warrant at a residence located in the 12200 block of St. James Road in Potomac, Maryland.

The search warrant was related to an investigation into a suspect identified as Duncan Socrates Lemp, age 21, of the 12200 block of St. James Road in Potomac, Maryland.

Detectives assigned to the Investigative Services Bureau received an anonymous tip at the beginning of the year, indicating that Lemp was in possession of firearms. Due to his criminal history as a juvenile, Lemp was prohibited from legally possessing or purchasing firearms in the State of Maryland until the age of 30. During their investigation, detectives learned of a number of firearms that Lemp was in possession of, to include various rifles and handguns that would ultimately be recovered from the residence. Detectives applied for and received a no-knock search warrant for the crimes of possession of an assault weapon and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

The search warrant on March 12, 2020, was served in the early morning hours, consistent with Montgomery County Department of Police practice. The officers entering the residence announced themselves as police and that they were serving a search warrant. Officers gave commands for individuals inside the residence to show their hands and to get on the ground. Upon making contact with Lemp, officers identified themselves as the police and gave him multiple orders to show his hands and comply with the officer’s commands to get on the ground. Lemp refused to comply with the officer’s commands and proceeded towards the interior bedroom door where other officers were located. Upon entrance by officers into Lemp’s bedroom, Lemp was found to be in possession of a rifle and was located directly in front of the interior bedroom entrance door.

During the service of the search warrant a device was discovered affixed to the inside frame of the exterior door leading to Lemp’s bedroom. Montgomery County Fire Marshals responded in order to render the device safe. The device was designed as a “booby trap” intended to detonate a shotgun shell at the direction of anyone entering through the exterior door into Lemp’s bedroom.  After officers entered the bedroom, the other occupant of the room warned the officers to be careful of the device rigged to the exterior door.  Statements from other occupants of the residence indicated they were aware of the dangerous device on the door.

Further statements from the other occupant in Lemp’s bedroom indicated that he slept with the rifle each night. Contrary to some information reported to the media, the same occupant also indicated that Lemp was out of the bed and standing directly in front of the interior bedroom door at the time the officers made entry into the bedroom.

Items collected from the residence included three rifles and two handguns as well as other items of evidentiary value.

This remains an ongoing investigation by the Major Crimes Division.

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Picture of Handgun Seized on Incident Scene

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Picture of EA Rifle Seized on Incident Scene

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Picture of P80 Handgun Seized on Incident Scene

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Picture of Springfield Armory Rifle Seized on Incident Scene

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Picture of Tavor Rifle Seized on Incident Scene

 

 

Detectives Investigate Officer-Involved Shooting in Potomac; Additional Information Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate a shooting that occurred yesterday, March 12, in the 12200 block of St. James Road in Potomac.

At approximately 4:30 am on March 12, members of the Special Operations Division – Tactical Unit were in the process of serving a high-risk search warrant related to firearms offenses at an address in the 12200 block of St. James Road in Potomac.  During the warrant service, the suspect confronted the officers and was fatally shot by an officer assigned to the Tactical Unit.

The suspect has been identified as Duncan Socrates Lemp, age 21, of the 12200 block of  St. James Road in Potomac.

Lemp was prohibited from possessing firearms and detectives were following up on a complaint from the public that Lemp, though prohibited, was in possession of firearms.  Detectives recovered three rifles and two handguns from the residence.

The facts and circumstances of the encounter are still being investigated by detectives from the Major Crimes Division. The Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office will review the officer-involved shooting at the conclusion of the investigation.*

{*An established agreement between the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office stipulates that when an officer-involved shooting involving injury or death occurs in one county, the other county’s State’s Attorney’s Office will review the event.}

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Picture of Tavor Rifle Seized on Incident Scene

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Picture of Handgun Seized on Incident Scene

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Picture of EA Rifle Seized on Incident Scene

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Picture of Springfield Armory Rifle Seized on Incident Scene

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Picture of Handgun Seized on Incident Scene

Detectives Investigate Officer-Involved Shooting in Potomac

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division are investigating a shooting this morning in the 12200 block of St. James Road in Potomac.

At approximately 4:30 am, members of the Special Operations Division – Tactical Unit were in the process of serving a high-risk search warrant related to firearms offenses at an address in the 12200 block of St. James Road in Potomac.  During the warrant service, the suspect in the case was fatally shot by an officer assigned to the Tactical Unit.

The suspect has been identified as Duncan Socrates Lemp, age 21, of the 12200 block of  St. James Road in Potomac.

The facts and circumstances of the encounter are still being investigated by detectives from the Major Crimes Division.  The involved officer has been placed on administrative leave per standard protocol and will be identified at a later date.

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Detectives Investigate Police Impersonator Incident

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Yerko Pallominy-Arce

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Vice and Intelligence Unit are further investigating an incident involving a person representing himself as a police officer and conducting a traffic stop.

On February 22, 2020, officers from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Police observed an orange-colored Scion with flashing red and blue lights on the shoulder of the Inter-County Connector (ICC) during what appeared to be a traffic stop of another vehicle.  Further investigation by the DNR officers revealed that the driver of the Scion had conducted a traffic stop by using flashing red and blue lights to pull over another vehicle.  The driver of the Scion was subsequently arrested for impersonating a Police Officer and other related charges.

Arrested was Yerko Pallominy-Arce, age 30, of Upper Rock Circle in Rockville.  Pallominy-Arce was processed by the DNR Police and turned over to the Central Processing Unit.  He has a court date set for March 21, 2020.

Detectives are now investigating whether other traffic stops were conducted by Pallominy-Arce.  Detectives ask to speak with anyone who was contacted or pulled over by Pallominy-Arce posing as a police officer.  Anyone with additional information regarding Pallominy-Arce or similar incidents is asked to contact the Vice and Intelligence Unit at 240-773-5958.

Photos of Yerko Pallominy-Arce and his vehicle are included in the release.

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Scion used by Yerko Pallominy-Arce

 

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