Charles Co. deputy shoots man who was shooting at La Plata homes

A line of emergency vehicles responded to the scene in La Plata. (Courtesy NBC Washington)
Deputies with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office at the scene where a man was shooting at homes in La Plata. (Courtesy NBC Washington)

A man who was reportedly shooting into homes in a La Plata, Maryland, neighborhood was shot and killed by deputies from the Charles County Sheriff’s Department on Sunday morning.

The county sheriff’s department and local 911 received multiple calls about a man causing a disruption on the 10000 block of Spring Oak Court.

He was carrying a long, military-style gun and had approached several homes, knocking out a window on one of them and firing multiple shots at another, according to police.

When deputies arrived, they saw the man shooting at a house. One of the deputies shot and disabled the man.

Members of the sheriff’s department took away the gun and performed CPR until paramedics arrived.

The shooter later died at Charles Regional Medical Center.

He was identified as as De Quang Tran, 59, of La Plata.

Detectives are working to establish why he was behaving so erratically. Anyone who has information about what might have prompted the events of Sunday morning is asked to contact Detective G. Higgs at 301-609-6497. If you wish to remain anonymous, call the tip line at 866-411-TIPS.

The deputy who shot the man, a five-year veteran, is being placed on administrative leave while the case is being investigated.

Dan Friedell

Dan Friedell is a digital writer for WTOP. He came to the D.C. area in 2007 to work as digital editor for, and since then has worked for a number of local and national news organizations.

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