Male Located Deceased in Potomac River; Detectives Ask for Public’s Help to Identify Decedent

Detectives with the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the undetermined death of an adult male who was found deceased in the Potomac River yesterday evening.  Investigators have been unable to identify the male and detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify the decedent.

Yesterday evening (Tuesday, July 21) at approximately 7:06 p.m., a resident who was kayaking on the Potomac River called the Emergency Communication Center (9-1-1) to report a possible deceased individual in the Wet Bottom area of the river (located south of Great Falls).  First responders, which included 2nd District officers, officers from the police department’s Managed Search and Operations Team (MSOT), and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the Wet Bottom area of the Potomac River and located the deceased male in the river.

The investigation by detectives has determined the following:

  • The decedent is believed to be a male
  • of Indian or Pakistani descent
  • in his early to mid-30s
  • approximately 5’08” tall and weighing approximately 207 pounds

The decedent does not match the description of any known missing persons from Montgomery County. The decedent’s remains were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) in Baltimore for an autopsy. The results of the autopsy are pending.  Once the autopsy has been completed, there may be additional information to be released.

Anyone with information about this death investigation or information about the identity of the decedent is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.

Detectives Investigate Homicide in Wheaton

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division are investigating the homicide of a 29-year-old male that occurred yesterday morning in Wheaton.

On Tuesday, May 26, at approximately 7:07 am, officers from the 4th District were dispatched to a shooting that had just occurred in the 2300 block of Glenmont Circle in Wheaton.  Upon arriving on the scene, officers discovered an adult male suffering from gunshot wounds.  Lifesaving efforts were taken, but the victim succumbed to his injuries on the scene.

Witnesses described two men leaving the scene of the shooting just after it occurred.  Officers from the 4th District and the Maryland National Capital Park Police Department canvassed the area but were unable to locate the suspects.

The victim is being identified as Francisco Anton Medrano Campos, age 29, of the 2300 block of Glenmont Circle in Wheaton.  His body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) in Baltimore for examination.

Detectives from the Major Crimes Division continue to investigate this incident.  Anyone with information regarding this homicide is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.  Callers may remain anonymous. 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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CTJ

 

Update: Officer-Involved Shooting in Potomac; Additional Information Released

On March 12, 2020, detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police, with the assistance of the Special Operations Division – Tactical Unit, served a high-risk search warrant at a residence located in the 12200 block of St. James Road in Potomac, Maryland.

The search warrant was related to an investigation into a suspect identified as Duncan Socrates Lemp, age 21, of the 12200 block of St. James Road in Potomac, Maryland.

Detectives assigned to the Investigative Services Bureau received an anonymous tip at the beginning of the year, indicating that Lemp was in possession of firearms. Due to his criminal history as a juvenile, Lemp was prohibited from legally possessing or purchasing firearms in the State of Maryland until the age of 30. During their investigation, detectives learned of a number of firearms that Lemp was in possession of, to include various rifles and handguns that would ultimately be recovered from the residence. Detectives applied for and received a no-knock search warrant for the crimes of possession of an assault weapon and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

The search warrant on March 12, 2020, was served in the early morning hours, consistent with Montgomery County Department of Police practice. The officers entering the residence announced themselves as police and that they were serving a search warrant. Officers gave commands for individuals inside the residence to show their hands and to get on the ground. Upon making contact with Lemp, officers identified themselves as the police and gave him multiple orders to show his hands and comply with the officer’s commands to get on the ground. Lemp refused to comply with the officer’s commands and proceeded towards the interior bedroom door where other officers were located. Upon entrance by officers into Lemp’s bedroom, Lemp was found to be in possession of a rifle and was located directly in front of the interior bedroom entrance door.

During the service of the search warrant a device was discovered affixed to the inside frame of the exterior door leading to Lemp’s bedroom. Montgomery County Fire Marshals responded in order to render the device safe. The device was designed as a “booby trap” intended to detonate a shotgun shell at the direction of anyone entering through the exterior door into Lemp’s bedroom.  After officers entered the bedroom, the other occupant of the room warned the officers to be careful of the device rigged to the exterior door.  Statements from other occupants of the residence indicated they were aware of the dangerous device on the door.

Further statements from the other occupant in Lemp’s bedroom indicated that he slept with the rifle each night. Contrary to some information reported to the media, the same occupant also indicated that Lemp was out of the bed and standing directly in front of the interior bedroom door at the time the officers made entry into the bedroom.

Items collected from the residence included three rifles and two handguns as well as other items of evidentiary value.

This remains an ongoing investigation by the Major Crimes Division.

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Picture of Handgun Seized on Incident Scene

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Picture of EA Rifle Seized on Incident Scene

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Picture of P80 Handgun Seized on Incident Scene

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Picture of Springfield Armory Rifle Seized on Incident Scene

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Picture of Tavor Rifle Seized on Incident Scene

 

 

Detectives Investigate Officer-Involved Shooting in Potomac; Additional Information Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate a shooting that occurred yesterday, March 12, in the 12200 block of St. James Road in Potomac.

At approximately 4:30 am on March 12, members of the Special Operations Division – Tactical Unit were in the process of serving a high-risk search warrant related to firearms offenses at an address in the 12200 block of St. James Road in Potomac.  During the warrant service, the suspect confronted the officers and was fatally shot by an officer assigned to the Tactical Unit.

The suspect has been identified as Duncan Socrates Lemp, age 21, of the 12200 block of  St. James Road in Potomac.

Lemp was prohibited from possessing firearms and detectives were following up on a complaint from the public that Lemp, though prohibited, was in possession of firearms.  Detectives recovered three rifles and two handguns from the residence.

The facts and circumstances of the encounter are still being investigated by detectives from the Major Crimes Division. The Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office will review the officer-involved shooting at the conclusion of the investigation.*

{*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.}

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Picture of Tavor Rifle Seized on Incident Scene

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Picture of Handgun Seized on Incident Scene

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Picture of EA Rifle Seized on Incident Scene

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Picture of Springfield Armory Rifle Seized on Incident Scene

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Picture of Handgun Seized on Incident Scene

Detectives Investigate Officer-Involved Shooting in Potomac

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division are investigating a shooting this morning in the 12200 block of St. James Road in Potomac.

At approximately 4:30 am, members of the Special Operations Division – Tactical Unit were in the process of serving a high-risk search warrant related to firearms offenses at an address in the 12200 block of St. James Road in Potomac.  During the warrant service, the suspect in the case was fatally shot by an officer assigned to the Tactical Unit.

The suspect has been identified as Duncan Socrates Lemp, age 21, of the 12200 block of  St. James Road in Potomac.

The facts and circumstances of the encounter are still being investigated by detectives from the Major Crimes Division.  The involved officer has been placed on administrative leave per standard protocol and will be identified at a later date.

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CTJ