Category: Crime

County Police Identify Suspect, Officer in Yesterday’s Shooting

The county’s Police Department has released the names of the officer and the victim involved in yesterday’s fatal shooting following an armed bank robbery in Silver Spring. The suspect has been identified as Mikyas Mehary Tegegne, age 31, of no fixed address, according to a press release. The officer involved in the shooting was identified as Christopher LaPointe, currently assigned to the 3rd District’s Patrol Services Bureau. The robbery took place at the BB&T Bank at 1100 Wayne Ave. shortly before 11 a.m. The suspect approached the bank’s manager, claimed to have a bomb, displayed a gun in his waistband...

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Jawando Introduces Bill to Change Police Shooting Investigations

Councilmember Will Jawando (D-At Large) has introduced a bill that would change how investigations are conducted when a county police officer is involved in the death of an individual. Bill 1-19, Police Officer Involved Death—Independent Investigation, also known as the Law Enforcement Trust and Transparency Act, would require the county to engage at least two experienced investigators from an independent law enforcement entity to handle any investigation of the case. “Directing an independent review of police actions, when an officer is involved in the death of a resident, will protect both the integrity of the inquiry and the civil...

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Takoma Police to Conduct Active Shooter Training

The Takoma Park Police Department will be conducting four active shooter training scenarios beginning tomorrow at John Nevins Andrews School, according to a department announcement on Twitter. The school building, located at 117 Elm Ave., is currently unoccupied. The training will be held Dec. 12, 13, 19 and 20, the department said. “You may at times hear what sounds like gunshots; the officers will be using non-lethal training ammunition called simunitions, which may sound real,” the announcement continued. A recent “active shooter” alert, apparently sent by mistake during a training session, caused a lockdown of Walter Reed National Military...

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County Police Searching for Suspect in Commercial Burglaries

Montgomery County police are searching for a suspect in four recent commercial burglaries in downtown Silver Spring. Police were called to 8720 Georgia Ave. on Sept. 15 following the report of a burglary discovered that morning by a worker who arrived to open the building. Police found four offices had been entered by force and had items stolen.  Video surveillance reviewed by 3rd District officers showed a suspect inside the building at 6:33 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14. That video has now been released by the department in hopes of learning the suspect’s identity. Anyone who recognizes the suspect or...

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Security Guard Shoots, Kills Man During Fight at 7-Eleven

A Hyattsville man was shot and killed early Sunday morning during a fight with a security guard at the 7-Eleven store at 8202 Georgia Ave., according to a Montgomery County Police Department press release. Twenty-seven-year-old Dean Christopher McDonald was buying an item in the store when he got into a dispute with the clerk, according to police. “An armed, on-duty security guard, employed by a company that is contracted by the property manager to provide security services for the store, intervened,” the release said. “The dispute between McDonald and the security guard became physical and continued to the outside of the store. During...

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