Detectives Investigate Shooting in Germantown

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 5th District Investigative Section are investigating a shooting that occurred on May 20 in Germantown.  At this time, this incident does not appear to be random in nature.

On Wednesday, May 20 at approximately 11:00 p.m., 5th District officers responded to the area of the 19500 block of Gunners Branch Road for the report of a shooting.  Responding officers located a 29-year-old male in the parking lot suffering from a gunshot wound.   The victim was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.

Investigators ask that anyone with information about this shooting or the identities of the suspect(s) contact the 5th District Investigative Section at 240-773-6237. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).   Tips may also be submitted online here: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/pol/howdoI/crime-solvers.html

Crime Solvers may pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case.

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Update: Body-Worn Camera Footage of Officer-Involved Shooting in White Oak Released

The Montgomery County Department of Police continues to investigate the officer-involved shooting that occurred yesterday afternoon in White Oak.

The officer involved in the shooting is identified as Sergeant David Cohen, an approximately 17- year veteran of the Department.  He is currently assigned to the Patrol Services Bureau and works in the 3rd District. As is protocol, Sergeant Cohen has been placed on paid administrative leave during this investigation.

The decedent has previously been identified as 30-year-old Finan H. Berhe of the 1500 block of Hadden Manor Court in the White Oak area of Silver Spring.

Today, the Department is releasing body-worn camera video of the shooting.  The video is from Sergeant Cohen’s camera.

This incident in its entirety remains under investigation by the Major Crimes Division.  Following an established procedure, once Major Crimes detectives complete their investigation of the officer-involved shooting, the findings will be submitted to the Howard County’s State’s Attorney’s Office for review.*

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.  Callers may remain anonymous.

{*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.}

Please note that the footage may not be suitable for everyone.  Viewer discretion is advised.

 

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Officer-Involved Shooting Investigated in White Oak

Update: Officer-Involved Shooting Investigation in White Oak Continues; Decedent’s Name Released

 

 

Officer-Involved Shooting Investigated in White Oak

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division are investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred this afternoon in White Oak.

The preliminary investigation revealed that at approximately 2:15 p.m., 3rd District officers responded to the area of the 1500 block of Hadden Manor Court for the report of a male who was in the parking lot of the neighborhood and causing a disturbance while armed with a large knife.

A 3rd District officer who was first to arrive at Hadden Manor Court observed the suspect armed with the knife in the parking lot.  The officer exited his patrol car and gave several verbal commands to the suspect to get on the ground.  The suspect, while holding the knife, rushed at the officer and was shot by the officer.  The officer attempted life-saving measures at the scene.  Fire & Rescue personnel transported the 30-year-old suspect to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Detectives are currently reviewing all available video footage, to include officers’ body-worn camera footage, and all other evidence as part of the ongoing investigation.

It is anticipated that the identity of the suspect will be released tomorrow.

The identity of the officer, a 17-year veteran of the Department, will be released at a later date.  Per protocol, the officer has been placed on paid, administrative leave.

Following an established procedure, once Major Crimes detectives complete their investigation of the officer-involved shooting, the findings will be submitted to the Howard County’s State’s Attorney’s Office for review.*

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.

{*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.}

Knife suspect was holding when he rushed at the officer

 

Detectives Investigate Series of Shootings in Burtonsville Area

Montgomery County Department of Police – 3rd District detectives continue to investigate a series of shootings that have occurred in the Burtonsville area.  These shootings do not appear to be random.  Detectives believe that there are persons in these communities who have information about these shootings and the suspects involved and are urging those people with information to come forward to the Police Department.

Series of Shootings in Burtonsville

  • Wednesday, April 8, at approximately 7:55 p.m: The Emergency Communications Center (911) received multiple calls for the sound of shots fired in the 14600 block of Wexhall Terrace.  Responding officers located an 18-year old male victim suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.  During the on-scene investigation, officers located multiple shell casings in the area.

 

  • Thursday, April 9, at approximately 10:00 p.m.: The Emergency Communications Center (911) received multiple calls for the sound of shots fired in the 3600 block of Silver Spruce Circle.  Responding officers arrived on scene and located multiple shell casings in the area.

 

  • Sunday, April 12, at approximately 12:00 a.m.: The Emergency Communications Center (911) received multiple calls for the sound of shots fired in the area of Greencastle Road and Turnbridge Drive. Responding officers arrived on scene and located multiple shell casings in the area.

 

  • Tuesday, April 14, at approximately 2:35 p.m.: The Emergency Communications Center (911) received multiple calls for the sound of shots fired in the 1400 block of Castle Boulevard/Edgewood Park area.

 

  • Tuesday, April 14, at approximately 2:35 p.m.:  The Emergency Communications Center (911) received multiple calls for the sound of shots fired in the area of Edgewood Park. Responding officers arrived on scene and located multiple shell casings in Edgewood Park.

 

  • Friday, April 17, at approximately 3:25 a.m.: The Emergency Communications Center (911) received multiple calls for the sound of shots fired in the area of Crosswood Drive. Responding officers arrived on scene and located multiple shell casings in the area.

Investigators are asking that anyone with information about these shootings or the identities of the suspect(s) involved contact 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. Callers may remain anonymous.

Detectives Investigate Shots Fired in Wheaton-Glenmont; Two Suspects Arrested After Pursuit Into Olney

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 4th District Investigative Section are investigating the discharge of a firearm that occurred in Wheaton-Glenmont.  No victims from the shooting were located and no victims were reported to have been struck by gunfire.  During the initial investigation, officers pursued a suspect’s vehicle into Olney where two suspects were taken into custody.  A third suspect from that vehicle remains at large.

On Friday, March 27 at approximately 7:12 p.m., 4th District officers responded to the area of the 12500 block of Georgia Avenue for the report of a shooting that had just occurred.  Witnesses reported that a red vehicle and a white vehicle fled from the area immediately after they heard the sound of shots.   Responding officers located multiple shell casings and broken glass in the area.

A few minutes after the call for the shooting, an officer traveling on Layhill Road observed a red Acura and a white vehicle driving north on Layhill Road at Norbeck Road.  Both vehicles matched the description of vehicles that fled from the earlier shots fired call.  Officers lost sight of the white vehicle but attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the Acura.  The driver of the Acura failed to stop for police and officers pursued the Acura onto Norwood Road toward Rt. 108.   During the pursuit, officers observed the front seat passenger in the Acura throwing what appeared to be U.S. currency out of the car’s passenger side window.  Officers continued to pursue the Acura onto Buehler Court in Olney where the car stopped.  The adult male driver of the Acura and the adult male front seat passenger were immediately arrested.  A rear-seat passenger in the Acura fled from the vehicle and has not been located.

During the investigation, no weapon was located but officers did locate multiple counterfeit $100 bills in the area where officers saw the front seat passenger throwing money out of the car’s window.

This remains an active and ongoing investigation.  Charges in this case are pending and the suspect’s names will be released once they are formally charged.

Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding the initial call for the shooting in the 12500 block of Georgia Avenue to contact 4th District Investigative Section detectives at 240-773-5530.  Tipsters will remain anonymous.

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