Update: Officer Body-Worn Camera Footage of June 11 Officer-Involved Shooting Released

The Montgomery County Police Department continues to investigate the Monday, June 11, officer-involved shooting that occurred in Silver Spring.

Today, the Department is releasing body-worn camera video of the shooting.  The video is from two officers’ cameras: Officer Badgujar, the officer who fired his gun, and the back-up officer.  These are the only two police body-worn camera videos of the shooting.

On Friday, July 27, the Office of the State’s Attorney for Howard County notified the Montgomery County Police Department that they had concluded their investigation of our Department’s officer-involved shooting that occurred on June 11.  Based on a review of evidence and a review of the law, the Office of the State’s Attorney for Howard County determined that Montgomery County Police Officer Badgujar’s actions were justified under the circumstances (please see the letter from the Office of the State’s Attorney for Howard County in the previous press release).  The administrative investigation by Montgomery County Police Internal Affairs detectives is continuing.  The purpose of the internal investigation is to determine if Officer Badgujar acted within department rules and policy.

The Department has received inquiries regarding the circumstances of Officer Badgujar and Mr. Robert White’s interaction.  During the criminal investigation, Officer Badgujar’s attorney provided responses to questions from Howard County State’s Attorney representatives.  Some of the these questions asked by the Howard County representatives and responses provided by Officer Badgujar’s attorney were:

Question: “What drew Officer Badgujar’s attention to Robert White?”

Attorney’s Response:

“As he [Officer Badgujar] drove in his car past Three Oaks Drive he observed Robert White walking north on the right side of Three Oaks Drive.  His attention was drawn to Robert White as he observed that Robert White had a large rip in the fabric on the upper back of his outer garment, and because he abruptly moved his right hand to the right side of his body.  As Officer Badgujar passed Three Oaks Drive, Robert White continued to stare at the marked police vehicle as it traveled on Sligo Creek Parkway.”

In addition, Officer Badgujar’s attorney provided the following information:

“Officer Badgujar observed that Robert White was appearing as if he was going to continue straight on foot passed the dead-end on Three Oaks Drive.  As Robert White observed Officer Badgujar’s police presence he abruptly turned right while in the middle of the intersection towards a foot path which appeared to go to a different neighborhood.  Robert White bladed his right side away from Officer Badgujar and thrust his right hand into his right jacket/hoodie pocket while raising his right shoulder.  Robert White quickened his pace and began to walk toward the footpath while looking over his shoulder at Officer Badgujar.  These actions in their totality (based on his training and experiences), made Officer Badgujar believe that Robert White was armed.”

Question:  “As Robert White advanced on Officer Badgujar, why did Officer Badgujar fire his gun instead of using his ASP baton to repel the attack?”

Attorney’s Response:

“As Robert White made contact he attempted to grab Officer Badgujar’s firearm while yelling, ‘DO IT!’  Officer Badgujar believed that Robert White was attempting to take the firearm so he [Robert White] could use it against him [Officer Badgujar].  Officer Badgujar believed that Robert White was actively attempting to take control of his firearm, not by mistake or accident; White was committed to his actions.”

Question: “After the first shot and after [Officer Badgujar] fell to the ground, why did Officer Badgujar continue firing his gun?”

Attorney’s Response:

“The first shot was not effective.  Officer Badgujar struck the ground and was still attempting to move backwards away from Robert White.  Robert White yelled, ‘DO IT AGAIN!’  Robert White continued to press on and Officer Badgujar believed that he [Robert White] was still trying to come after his firearm to use it against him.  Officer Badgujar continued to fire his gun until the threat was stopped.”

Note that the body-worn camera footage is graphic and viewer discretion is advised.

Link to Video: https://youtu.be/UgPIE467Uww

 


Previous Press Releases

Update: Office of the State’s Attorney for Howard County Concludes Officer-Involved Shooting Investigation

Update to June 11 Officer-Involved Shooting

Update to June 11 Officer-Involved Shooting; Media Invited to Mental Health First Aid Training

Update: Officer-Involved Shooting Investigation Continues

Officer-Involved Shooting Investigated in Silver Spring


 

 

Detectives Investigate Multiple Shots Fired in Downtown Silver Spring; Surveillance Video Released

Suspects who fired multiple gunshots in the Central Business District of Silver Spring

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 3rd District Investigative Section continue to investigate multiple gunshots  that were fired during the early morning hours of June 9 in the Central Business District area of Silver Spring.  No victims were reported to having been struck by the gunfire. Today, detectives are releasing surveillance video of the two suspects and are asking for the public’s help in identifying them.

On June 9, at approximately 1:13 a.m., 3rd District officers responded to the 8200 block of Georgia Avenue for the multiple reports of the sounds of shots. Responding officers spoke with several witnesses who stated that they had observed the two suspects, one of whom was wearing a white shirt and armed with a handgun, chasing another male on Mayor Lane toward Silver Spring Avenue.  Witnesses reported that the suspect with the handgun fired multiple rounds at the other fleeing male.  The suspects were last seen on foot in the area of Mayor Lane toward Thayer Avenue.  Officers located two spent shell casings in the area.  Officers did not locate or identify the male who was fleeing from the suspects.

Anyone with information regarding this shooting or the suspects is asked to call the 3rd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6870.  Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest in this case.

RLG

Update: Officer-Involved Shooting at Domestic-Related Barricade

Update: July 26, 2018: John Carlos Natera-Perez succumbed to his injuries yesterday evening.  His body has been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) in Baltimore for an autopsy.

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Detectives from the Major Crimes Division continue to investigate a domestic-related barricade situation and officer-involved shooting of the suspect that occurred at a townhouse in the Fairland area last night.

The officer involved in the shooting is identified as Officer Edward Cochran, an eight-year veteran of the police department who is currently assigned to the Tactical Unit (SWAT Team).  He is on administrative leave per department protocol.

John Carlos Natera-Perez, also known as Jean Perez, who is 30 years old, of an unconfirmed address, is in grave condition and is not expected to survive.

On Monday, July 23, at approximately 7:57 p.m., 3rd District officers responded to the report of an assault at a townhouse in the 2800 block of Mozart Drive in the Fairland area. The first call to 911 was reported to be a woman screaming. The call taker heard a male voice state, “I will kill you,” and the line was then disconnected.

As the first officer arrived, he observed Mr. Perez standing in the townhome doorway, with blood on his clothing and holding a knife.  The officer called for Mr. Perez to exit the home.  Mr. Perez stepped back into the residence and shut the front door. A female, later identified as a resident of the home and Mr. Perez’ ex-girlfriend, was standing outside in front the house.  She immediately advised the officer that her three-year-old son was upstairs in his bedroom.  The female further stated that Mr. Perez had entered the residence, confronted the woman and her boyfriend, and assaulted them before the two were able to flee from the home.  Officers also learned from the female that Mr. Perez was the father of the child in the residence.

Officers attempted to make contact with Mr. Perez, but these efforts were unsuccessful. The Emergency Response Team (ERT) was called to the scene at approximately 8:08 p.m.  Once ERT members arrived, negotiators contacted Mr. Perez via a loud speaker in English and in Spanish, instructing him to exit the home and/or release the 3-year-old child. Although Mr. Perez made some verbal responses, he refused to exit the home and refused to release the child.  These negotiations continued for more than an hour.

During this time, officers observed Mr. Perez using furniture to barricade doors and windows inside the home. Officers also saw Mr. Perez writing on the windows using what appeared to be blood on his fingers.

At approximately 10:15 p.m., officers observed Mr. Perez light something on fire and throw it out a second-floor bedroom window onto the ground below.  Several minutes later, the child was heard screaming.  Mr. Perez then began to light clothing in the home on fire.  Smoke was observed coming from the bedroom and the townhome’s smoke alarms began to sound.  Tactical team supervisors made the decision to enter the home due to concern for the child’s welfare. During this tactical operation, Perez was shot while he was in the master bedroom.  Officers were then able to get to the second floor of the house where they located the child unharmed on the bed in the master bedroom.  Officers found a knife with blood on it on the bed.  The child was taken from the home by tactical officers.  Officers and Fire & Rescue personnel administered life-saving efforts on Mr. Perez and he was transported to a local hospital in grave condition.

A search of the home revealed charred clothing in two areas of the second floor. A flammable liquid and three lighters were located in the master bedroom.

Further investigation by detectives, to include a review of court documents, has revealed a history of prior domestic violence between the suspect and female victim.  According to the victim, this violence occurred as recently as three weeks ago when she and the son were both assaulted by Mr. Perez.

This investigation is ongoing. As more information is able to be confirmed, it will be released.

 

 

 

Update: Officer-Involved Shooting Investigation Continues

Detectives with the Major Crimes Division continue to investigate an officer-involved shooting that occurred yesterday, Monday, June 11, on Three Oaks Drive in Silver Spring.

The officer involved in the shooting is identified as Anand Badgujar, age 32, an approximately two-year-veteran of the Department.  He is currently assigned to the Patrol Division and works in the 3rd District. As is protocol, Officer Badgujar has been placed on paid administrative leave during this investigation.

The decedent is identified as 41-year-old Robert Lawrence White of the 300 block of Dearborn Avenue in Silver Spring.

Officer Badgujar’s body-worn camera footage and the body-worn camera footage of the second officer who arrived to assist Officer Badgujar have been reviewed by Chief Manger and investigative personnel.

The body-worn camera footage, as well as an eye-witness statement, reveals the following:

  • The officer called to Mr. White as White walked on Three Oaks Drive away from the officer.
  • White turned toward the officer and as the officer attempted to speak with Mr. White, he became combative and assaulted the officer.
  • The officer attempted to pepper spray White.
  • Over the course of the next minute, the officer requested assistance and kept White in his sight.
  • As White walked on Three Oaks Drive away from the officer, the officer went to his cruiser to turn off the ignition.
  • At this point White began approaching the officer and as he got closer, began running at the officer; the officer back-pedaled, and White knocked him down as the officer discharged his weapon.
  • White fell, got up, stood over the officer who was still on the ground, and continued to assault the officer, at which time the officer fired additional rounds.
  • White fell and was secured. Additional responding officers provided medical assistance to him until Fire and Rescue personnel arrived.

Once Major Crimes detectives complete this investigation, their findings will be reviewed by the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office* to determine if the Montgomery County police officer acted within the law and if the circumstances of the case need to be brought before a grand jury. The Department, in consultation with the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office, will release the video once the criminal case is completed.

This remains an ongoing investigation. As information is confirmed it will be released to the public.  Anyone with information regarding this shooting is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070.

*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.

Officer-Involved Shooting Investigated in Silver Spring

Update (June 12, 2018 at approximately noon): The officer involved in the shooting is being identified as Anand Badgujar, an approximately two-year-veteran of the Department.  He is currently assigned to the Patrol Division and works in the 3rd District.  A press release with additional information will be released this afternoon.

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Detectives with the Major Crimes Division are investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred this afternoon (Monday, June 11) on Three Oaks Drive in Silver Spring.

The preliminary investigation has revealed that at approximately 2:14 p.m., a 3rd District officer, who had just cleared a call for police service in the area of the 9100 block of Sligo Creek Parkway, requested assistance while he investigated a suspicious person nearby in the 9200 block of Three Oaks Drive.

The officer encountered an African American man in that area and attempted to speak with him, but the man became combative and a physical altercation occurred.  Approximately two minutes later an officer who had arrived to assist the first officer communicated via police radio that shots had been fired and that Fire and Rescue personnel were needed.  Officers on the scene began providing first-aid to the man who was suffering from gunshot wounds.  He was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

There are several uninvolved witnesses who observed the confrontation and the shooting in the parking lot; they have been interviewed by our Major Crimes detectives.  The officer’s body-worn camera video will also be reviewed.

Following normal protocol, the male will be identified once next of kin is notified.  The identity of the officer, a two-year veteran of the Department, will be released on Tuesday morning.  He has been placed on paid Administrative Leave.  Following established procedure, once Major Crimes detectives complete this investigation, their findings will be submitted to the Howard County’s State’s Attorney’s Office for disposition.

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

RLG