Detectives Investigate Shooting in Bethesda

Update: March 10, 2018 – Detectives do not believe that this shooting was a random event; investigators believe that the shooting involved only the subjects who engaged in the verbal argument that occurred before the shooting.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 2nd District are investigating a shooting that occurred tonight in a parking lot of the Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda.  At this time, there are no reported victims.

At approximately 7:08 pm on Friday, March 9, 2nd District officers responded to a parking lot located at the Westfield Montgomery Mall (7101 Democracy Boulevard) for the report of the sound of shots fired.  Officers located evidence of a shooting to include shell casings and parked vehicles that had been struck by a bullet(s).  Witnesses to the incident were interviewed.  No shooting victim(s) were located.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that two groups comprised of two males each became involved in a verbal argument that appears to have started off of mall property.  The verbal argument between the groups then continued to the area of a mall parking lot where shots were fired by one or more of the subjects.  The subjects then fled from the area.

Investigators continue to investigate this shooting.  Anyone with information is urged to call the 2nd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6710.  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.

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Detectives Investigate Shooting in Burtonsville

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 3rd District Investigative Section are investigating a shooting that occurred this morning in Burtonsville. Investigators believe that this was not a random event and there may be some prior association between the suspect(s) and the victim.

On Monday, February 26 at approximately 8:50 a.m., 3rd District officers responded to the Burtonsville Volunteer Fire Station located at 13900 Old Columbia Pike for the report of a 17-year-old male who walked into the fire station and reported that he had been shot.  The victim was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The victim, a student at Paint Branch High school, stated to investigators that he had been at the high school located at 14121 Old Columbia Pike but left the school to purchase an item at a nearby convenience store.   The victim was walking back to the school when he heard a gunshot and realized that he had been struck.  Detectives determined that the victim suffered a graze wound to his cheek and ear.

This shooting remains an open investigation and detectives are working to confirm additional details.  Those details will be released once they have been confirmed.

Anyone with information regarding this shooting is urged to call the 3rd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6870.  For those who wish to remain anonymous, tipsters 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 the arrest and/or indictment of this suspect.  Tipsters will remain anonymous.

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Detectives Investigate Shooting in Silver Spring

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 3rd District Investigative Section are investigating a shooting that occurred this morning in Silver Spring.

On Wednesday, February 14 at approximately 6:17 a.m., 3rd District officers responded to the area of the 8500 block of Piney Branch Road for the report of an assault that had just occurred.

Upon arrival, first responders located a 40-year-old male outside of 8550 Piney Branch Road who was suffering from a gunshot wound to his lower body.  The victim was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The victim stated to investigators that he was outside of his vehicle when he was approached from behind by the unknown suspect.  The victim stated that the suspect pressed a handgun against his side, the gun discharged, and the suspect then fled from the area.

This shooting remains an open investigation.  Detectives are working to obtain a description of the suspect and more information will be released once it has been confirmed.

Anyone with information regarding this shooting is urged to call the 3rd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6870.  For those who wish to remain anonymous, tipsters 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 the arrest and/or indictment of this suspect.  Tipsters will remain anonymous.

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Update: Detectives Seek Public’s Help to Identify Suspects Involved in Germantown Double Shooting; Surveillance Video Released

Suspects in a double shooting that occurred on December 12, 2017 in the 19600 block of Gunners Branch Road.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 5th District Investigative Section continue to investigate the December 12 double shooting that occurred in Germantown.

Detectives have obtained video surveillance from a business in the 19600 block of Gunners Branch Road that investigators believe captured the two suspects prior to the shooting.  Today, detectives are releasing that video and are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspects.

On Tuesday, December 12 at approximately 6:30 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center (911) received multiple calls for the reports of two persons who had been shot in the area of the 19600 block of Gunners Branch Road.

Upon arrival, first responders located the two victims inside a food establishment.  The two victims had fled from the suspects, seeking shelter in the fast-food restaurant.  A 26-year-old male was suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper body and a 27-year-old male was suffering from a gunshot wound to his lower body.  Both victims were transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

This remains an active investigation. Detectives believe that this was not a random event and there is some prior association between the suspect(s) and the victims.

Anyone with information regarding this double shooting is urged to call the 5th District Investigative Section at 240-773-6237.  For those who wish to remain anonymous, tipsters 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 the arrest and/or indictment of this suspect.  Tipsters will remain anonymous.

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Update to November 5 Officer-Involved Shooting

The Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) continues to investigate the officer-involved shooting that occurred on Sunday, November 5 at the Stoneymill Square shopping center located in the 12200 block of Veirs Mill Road (at the corner of Veirs Mill Road and Randolph Road.  On that night at approximately 8:20 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center (911) received a call for an assault in progress at the shopping center.  The caller stated that he was in his vehicle and an unknown SUV was ramming his vehicle.  Officer Todd Archer, the first officer to respond to the location, discharged his firearm one time.  The adult male driver of the SUV was shot.  The male was transported to a local hospital with serious, non-life-threatening injuries.

MCPD – Major Crimes detectives investigated this shooting.  Please refer to prior press releases (listed below) for investigative steps previously released. Detectives reviewed Officer Archer’s body-worn camera footage.  It appears from the video that Officer Archer used his firearm to attempt to break the driver’s window glass of the SUV.  During this attempt, the gun discharged.  Based on the camera footage it appears that the shooting was accidental and that the officer did not intend for the weapon to discharge.

The detectives completed their investigation and information that they had gathered, to include witness statements and Officer Archer’s body-worn camera footage, was provided to the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office.  Following an established agreement, the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office then reviewed evidence and information to determine if Officer Archer acted within the confines of the law or if the shooting would be brought before a Montgomery County grand jury.

On December 18, 2017, the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office completed their examination of the MCPD officer-involved shooting.  The Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office concluded that, “Officer Archer’s actions do not rise to the level of recklessness needed to pursue any criminal charges” and that, “no further action will be taken by the Howard County State’s Attorney in this case.”

With this determination made by the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office, the criminal investigation was concluded.  The Police Department’s administrative investigation conducted by MCP’s Internal Affairs Division then began and is ongoing.  Questions remain as to why a firearm was used to attempt to break the glass and why the firearm discharged.

Officer Archer remains on paid, administrative leave.

The male who was shot, whose identity will not be released by the Department following protocol that the name of living witnesses and/or victims will not be released, will not face any criminal charges regarding the assault that occurred that evening.

The Department continues to communicate with the male who was shot, his family, and their representatives. The Department is arranging for them to view the body-worn camera footage.

An update will be provided to the public when the Department’s administrative investigation has concluded.

Previous Releases:

MCP Investigates Officer-Involved Shooting (11/6/17)

Update: Detectives Continue to Investigate Officer-Involved Shooting; Identity of Officer Released (11/6/17)

Update to Officer-Involved Shooting Investigation (11/15/17)

Officer-Involved Shooting Investigation Update (12/5/17)