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.

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Officers Locate Three Guns in Vehicle During Stop; One Occupant Charged with Shooting in Germantown

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 5th District Investigative Section and officers from the 5th District Community Action Team (DCAT) have arrested and charged the following suspects with firearm and assault-related charges following a traffic stop in Germantown:

  • Jordan Becraft, age 20, of the 13300 block of Country Ridge Drive in Germantown.
  • Joseph E. Pinto, age 22, of the 900 block of Clopper Road in Gaithersburg.
  • Damarco Morrow, age 19, of the 1300 block of Missouri Avenue, Northwest, Washington, D.C.
  • Lynden S. Lawson, age 19, of the 13300 block of Waterside Circle in Germantown.

Pinto has also been charged with firearm and assault-related offenses for his involvement in a June 6 shooting during which shots were fired into an occupied home in Germantown.

On Wednesday, June 6 at approximately 9:45 a.m., 5th District officers responded to a home in the 13500 block of Demetrias Way for the report of several shots that had been fired into a residence.  Responding officers determined that the home was occupied but no residents had been injured by the shots.  Witnesses reported to police that they had observed a suspect shoot into the residence and then enter a white Toyota Scion driven by another suspect.  The vehicle fled from the area.  MCP officers were provided with a description of the suspects’ vehicle.

At approximately 11:15 p.m. that same evening, 5th DCAT officers observed a white Scion parked at a gas station located in the 19700 block of Germantown Road in Germantown.   Officers in unmarked police vehicles began following the car as it exited the gas station onto Germantown Road.  Near the intersection of Century Boulevard and Town Commons Drive, an officer driving directly behind the Scion reported to other officers that a rear seat passenger was pointing a green laser through the rear windshield directly at him.

DCAT officers in marked and unmarked police vehicles initiated a traffic stop on the Scion at Locbury Drive and Club Hill Drive in Germantown.  During the traffic stop:

  • Becraft was identified as the driver.
  • Lawson was identified as the front seat passenger.
  • Pinto and Morrow were identified as rear seat passengers.
  • Officers observed a loaded, .45 caliber handgun lying on the Scion’s rear passenger floorboard area near where Morrow had been sitting.
  • Officers further located a loaded, 9mm handgun that had been concealed in a tool bag that was in the rear center area of the vehicle.
  • Officers noted that the 9mm handgun had a green laser sight and determined that this firearm had been pointed at the officer who had been following the Scion.
  • Officers located an additional loaded .40 caliber handgun under the front passenger seat.

Becraft, Pinto, Morrow, and Lawson were arrested and transported to the 5th District station.

During a police interview with 5th District detectives, Pinto made statements as to his involvement in the earlier shooting that had occurred on Demetrias Way.  The investigation by detectives determined that Pinto was the suspect who had fired multiple shots into the Demetrias Way home.  This shooting remains under investigation.

Becraft, Pinto, Morrow, and Lawson were transported to the Central Processing Unit.  Morrow and Lawson were charged with firearm-related offenses as a result of the traffic stop in Germantown.  Pinto was charged with firearm and assault-related offenses related to the traffic stop in Germantown and related to the shooting that had occurred on Demetrias Way.  He was further charged with assault-related charges after it was determined that he was the suspect who had pointed the handgun with the laser sight through the rear windshield of the Scion and at the officer.

Morrow and Lawson were both released after posting a $5,000 bond.  Becraft was released after posting a $10,000 bond. Pinto is currently being held without bond.

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Joseph Pinto

Jordan Becraft

Lynden S. Lawson

Damarco Morrow

Detectives Investigate Shooting in Germantown

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 5th District Investigative Section are investigating a shooting that occurred early this morning in Germantown.

This morning at approximately 2:18, a 28-year-old male with an apparent gunshot wound to his torso approached a security employee outside of the Adventist HealthCare Germantown Emergency Center (GEC) located at 19731 Germantown Road .  The victim was transported with non-life-threatening injuries from the Germantown Emergency Center to a local trauma hospital for additional treatment.

Preliminary investigation by detectives has revealed that the victim and a group of individuals unknown to the victim were involved in a dispute to the rear of the 7-Eleven store located at 19786 Crystal Rock Drive.  During the dispute, the victim was shot.  The victim sought help at the Germantown Emergency Center (which is adjacent to the 7- Eleven) and police were called to the scene.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting or the suspect(s) involved is urged to contact investigators of the Germantown Investigative Section at 240-773-6237. To be eligible for a reward, tipsters may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or enter a tip online. Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment of the suspect(s) involved in this crime. Tipsters will remain anonymous.

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