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Police seek answers on what precipitated fatal shooting

Montgomery County police were in Three Oaks Drive in Silver Spring, Maryland, on Monday, June 11, 2018 for an officer-involved shooting. (WTOP/Dick Uliano)

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Police in suburban Maryland are investigating what precipitated a fatal confrontation between a police officer and a man who reportedly attacked him.

Montgomery County Police issued an update Monday evening on their investigation of the June 11 shooting, in which an officer shot and killed Robert Lawrence White, a 41-year-old black man from Silver Spring.

Police say body-worn camera footage shows White twice assaulting the officer, 32-year-old Anand Badgujar. The officer responded to the first attack with pepper spray. When White charged him a second time, Badgujar fired his gun.

Police say they are still investigating what initially drew the officer’s attention to White. They say Badgujar has declined to be interviewed.

Police say officers receive regular training on dealing with people experiencing mental-health issues and how to de-escalate confrontations.

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