SILVER SPRING, Md. – Officials have confirmed that the Montgomery County police officer who was shot early Monday morning in Maryland has tragically passed away.
According to WUSA 9, the officer responded to a parking garage at at Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street after receiving a call about disorderly suspects.
Just before 9 a.m., the injured officer called out for help over the radio. Another officer quickly arrived at the scene and found the wounded cop suffering from a gunshot wound.
The injured officer was rushed to Shock Trauma hospital in Baltimore where he was admitted in critical condition. Early Monday afternoon, officials confirmed that that officer had died from his wounds.
Montgomery County Councilmember Will Jawando reportedly confirmed the officer’s death.
— Bruce Leshan (@BruceLeshan) October 14, 2019
The officer’s name has just been made public, but we are currently withholding it as law enforcement agencies get into contact with family members affected by the tragic incident.
A press conference is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
WUSA 9 released an update on the story around noon on Monday.
An “all hands on deck” manhunt is currently underway for the suspects. Police wanted to make residents in the area aware that the suspects should be considered armed and dangerous, noting that they would see a heavy police presence as law enforcement officials searched for the now cop-killers.
What’s troubling is that there doesn’t seem to be any solid description of who they are looking for.
UPDATE: One cop source tells me, there is "literally no suspect information." Very unsettling.
Police are swarming Downtown Silver Spring right now.
Plans to airlift the officer to Shock Trauma in Baltimore have been scrubbed. He is now being taken to MedStar Washington.
— Kevin Lewis (@ABC7Kevin) October 14, 2019
“We were on scene fairly quickly, we locked down the area, right now were doing searches so hopefully we’ll figure this out really soon,” Montgomery County police spokesman Capt. C. Thomas Jordan said.
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He urged people to steer clear of the area while they proceeded to leave no stone unturned.
“It’s a dynamic situation. We’re trying to avoid the area if we can. Everybody stay out of the area while were continuing to look to piece this together and to find suspects if possible,” Jordan said. “This is one of the hardest things that as police officers we have to deal with and one of the things. We have to recognize is that it’s not just affecting the police officers, it’s affecting the communities, too.”
Reports of the shooting came in early Monday morning.
BREAKING: Montgomery County Police Officer Shot in Silver Spring, Maryland: Sources Say https://t.co/eCh4X5TpFD
— Shomari Stone (@shomaristone) October 14, 2019
Police quickly shut down the area.
DEVELOPING: Montgomery County police officer has been shot in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland, sources tell @nbcwashington. The officer was rushed to a hospital via helicopter and was in critical condition, sources said pic.twitter.com/RbLX5kJVmI
— Cory Smith (@CoryNBC) October 14, 2019
“Many roads closed” another reporter posted to Twitter.
I’m told manhunt underway. Many roads closed pic.twitter.com/3tujDjECXn
— Brad Bell (@ABC7Brad) October 14, 2019
Our hearts are heavy for the officer, their family, friends and co-workers. Our prayers are with you.
This story is developing. Law Enforcement Today will continue to bring you updates on the outcome of the manhunt as information becomes available to the public.