Attorney General Investigating Fatal Police-Involved Shooting

The Independent Investigations Division of the Maryland Attorney General’s office is investigating a fatal police-involved shooting that occurred Wednesday morning on Wayne Avenue in Silver Spring.

“The Independent Investigations Division of the Office of the Attorney General is investigating a fatal police-involved shooting that occurred Wednesday morning in Montgomery County,” reads a press release from the office of the Maryland Attorney General. “The decedent has been identified as 27-year-old Osman Sesay of Silver Spring.

“On December 29, at 4:25 a.m., an off-duty Montgomery County police officer was alerted to a shooting in the 900 block of Bonifant Street in Silver Spring. The off-duty officer relayed a secondhand description of the suspect’s car to on-duty officers who were responding to the scene to assist.

“At 4:29 a.m., officers observed a car matching that description driving in the area of Wayne Avenue and Dartmouth Avenue in Silver Spring and made a traffic stop. Sesay got out of the car contrary to officers’ orders and pointed a handgun at them. Four officers fired at him. Sesay was pronounced dead on the scene. None of the officers was injured. Sesay’s weapon, a handgun, was recovered from the scene.

“The involved officers are all employees of the Montgomery County Police Department and are assigned to the Patrol Services Bureau. They have been identified as Officer Nathan Lenhart, an 8-year veteran; Officer Karli Dorsey, a 1.5-year veteran; Officer Dennis Tejada, a 15-year veteran; and Officer Eric Kessler, a 7-year veteran.

“The body-worn cameras of the involved officers were active during the incident. The Independent Investigations Division will generally release body camera footage or dashboard camera footage within 14 days of an incident. There may be situations where more than 14 days is necessary, including if investigators need more time to complete witness interviews, if there are technical delays caused by the need to shield the identities of civilian witnesses, or to allow family members to view the video before it is released to the public.

“The Montgomery County Police Department will conduct the criminal investigation of the nonpolice-involved shooting that occurred on Bonifant Street. The Independent Investigations Division will conduct the investigation into the fatal shooting of Sesay.”

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