Detectives Investigate Fatal Hit and Run Collision Involving Pedestrian in Silver Spring

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police-Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a fatal pedestrian hit-and-run collision that occurred early this morning in Silver Spring.   

On Sunday, September 20, at approximately 12:49 a.m., officers from the 3rd District, Takoma Park Police Department officers, and Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service personnel responded to the 8700 block of Carroll Avenue for a pedestrian-involved collision.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a vehicle, possibly a lightcolored sedan, was traveling north on Carroll Avenue.  In the 8700 block of Carroll Avenue, the vehicle struck Wilmar Gomez Gonzalez, age 24, of Hyattsville, who was standing in the roadway.  After striking Gonzalez, the vehicle left the area.  The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.   

Detectives are asking anyone who may have witnessed the collision or has additional information to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.  Callers may remain anonymous.   

Suspect Arrested for Shooting and Attempted Murder in Gaithersburg

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division have arrested and charged Allen L. Price Jr, age 41, of Gaithersburg, with the attempted first-degree murder of his 45-year-old wife.

On Thursday, September 17, at approximately 10:18 a.m., 6th District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to a residence on Sandy Lake Drive for the report of a shooting that just occurred. Officers located the adult female victim in the home, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Officers immediately performed life-saving measures on the victim. Fire and Rescue personnel transported the victim to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

An investigation by detectives determined that family members, who were inside the home, heard a gunshot and went to the victim’s bedroom. The family members found the victim suffering from a gunshot wound and observed Price Jr. jumping out of the second-story window and fleeing.

Responding officers, including K9 officers, officers from the Maryland-National Capital Park Police, and the Maryland State Police helicopter, searched the surrounding areas for Price Jr. Approximately 90 minutes after the shooting, officers located Price Jr. hiding in a wooded area on Broadwater Drive in Gaithersburg. Price Jr. was arrested, and officers located a loaded handgun near where he was found.

Price Jr. was also charged with additional handgun-related offenses after it was determined that he was prohibited from possessing a firearm from a previous conviction.

Price Jr. is being held without bond.

Allen L. Price Jr.

MCPD Receives 9th CALEA Re-accreditation – Recognized with Meritorious Law Enforcement Accreditation

The Montgomery County Department of Police is pleased to announce that re-accreditation status was granted to the department by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA).

The Montgomery County Department of Police was granted Meritorious Law Enforcement Accreditation by CALEA.  Meritorious Awards are granted to agencies that have been accredited for 15 or more continuous years.  The department was first accredited in 1993.

On Friday, July 31, 2020, Montgomery County Chief of Police Marcus G. Jones, Accreditation Manager Don Pike, and other representatives from the department appeared before the Commission for review and re-accreditation proceedings during the CALEA Summer 2020 conference.  The appearance was held virtually and covered a February 2020 on-site assessment of the department; a rigorous process that requires the department to comply with nearly 200 specific standards, over a four-year period, that covers all aspects of police service.  CALEA representatives review department policies and procedures relating to administration, operations, training, direction and authority, organization, and critical incidents.  The accreditation process is designed to assure the public that the Montgomery County Department of Police is meeting and exceeding recognized standards for Public Safety.

The Montgomery County Department of Police complied with all required standards and was unanimously granted re-accreditation status for the next four years.  In the assessment report, CALEA assessors noted the “Montgomery County Police Department has a very robust working relationship with all their policing agency partners within Montgomery County” and that this relationship works to solve quality of life issues within Montgomery County.

To achieve accreditation, the Department has participated in document reviews, site visits, and has shown compliance on numerous standards set by the commission.  During the most recent review, the department hosted representatives from CALEA for an on-site visit.  CALEA representatives toured several department facilities to include the Family Justice Center, and interviewed stakeholders from community groups, judiciary, media, faith-based groups, and allied law enforcement agencies.  CALEA representatives held open community meetings to solicit feedback from the public at large.

According to CALEA, “although accreditation does not prevent all negative outcomes, it does set the course for success and provides a tool for review and ongoing measurement against stated objectives…throughout CALEA’s standards manuals, there is a clear commitment to procedural justice, ethical policing, community trust and engagement, transparency in service delivery, appropriate organizational culture, fairness in systems and processes, and consistency in what citizens should expect from law enforcement agency(ies).”

“I am proud of the dedicated staff of over 1,900 men and women that make up the Montgomery County Department of Police and this accreditation affirms its standing as one of the best law enforcement agencies in the Country,” said Chief Marcus Jones.  “Our citizens expect that our agency holds itself to the highest standards.  CALEA Accreditation is considered the gold standard for Public Safety and represents our commitment to excellence.”

More information on the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) can be found at www.calea.org.

 

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Montgomery County Vehicle Recovery Section Resumes Auctions on July 18, 2020

The Montgomery County Department of Police Vehicle Recovery Section (VRS) hosts a monthly auction to sell abandoned and seized vehicles. The next auction is scheduled for July 18, 2020.

This auction will be restricted to fifty attendees to ensure social distancing during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. 

Potential attendees are instructed to register for the event to enhance their chances for admittance. Information is provided below regarding registration instructions. Potential attendees who have registered and present a ticket no later than 8:45 am on the day of the auction will be provided entrance first over any other individuals who have not registered for the event.

Persons who have not registered are encouraged to call VRS or email to inquire regarding if the fifty-participant limit has been met through the registration process. Persons are encouraged to not show up at the event if all registration spaces have been filled.

The VRS phone number is 240-773-6411, dial “0” at the prompts for a representative during business hours of M-F from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.  The VRS email address is Abandoned.Vehicles@MontgomeryCountyMd.gov.

More information on registering, vehicles available for auction, and COVID-19 instructions can be found on our web site at https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/pol/howdoI/vehicle-auction.html.

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(LOCATED) Police Seek Public’s Assistance in Locating Missing Burtonsville Teen

Update: July 8, 2020 – Jamal Armiya Mills has been located safe and unharmed.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Special Victims Investigations Division are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Burtonsville teenager.

Jamal Armiya Mills, age 16, was last seen on June 27, around 6 am as he was leaving his residence in the 3800 block of Berleigh Court in Burtonsville.  Family believes he may be frequenting the Grosvenor Lane area in Bethesda.  Mills may be in the company of Saniya Speer who is also considered missing.

Mills is described as a black male, approximately 5’5 in height and weighing approximately 170 pounds.  He has black hair and brown eyes.

Police and family are concerned for Mills’ welfare.

Anyone with information regarding Jamal Armiya Mills whereabouts is asked to call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24-hour line).

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