Medical examiner releases update on Montgomery County officer’s cause of death

Montgomery police officer block the intersection where a parking garage is seen, where a police officer was shot, in downtown Silver Spring, Md., Monday, Oct. 14, 2019.

The D.C. medical examiner’s office has ruled that a Montgomery County, Maryland, police officer’s death was the result of a self-inflicted injury.

On Monday, Officer Thomas J. Bomba was found shot on the top level of a parking garage at Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street in downtown Silver Spring.

The 38-year-old had called out on his radio about “disorderly subjects” in the parking garage, and officers who arrived to assist him found him wounded just before 9 a.m., a spokesman said.

Interim police Chief Marcus Jones said Monday that police did not have any suspect descriptions, and that there was no immediate threat to the public.

Bomba was taken to MedStar Washington Hospital Center where he died. The father of two was a 13-year veteran of the department.

Bomba was wearing his body-worn camera, but it had not been activated, police said. They are evaluating evidence taken at the scene during their continued investigation.

“The outpouring of support from the community has been greatly appreciated during this trying time,” Montgomery County police said in a news release.

WTOP’s Jack Pointer contributed to this report.

Abigail Constantino

Abigail Constantino started her journalism career writing for a local newspaper in Fairfax County, Virginia. She is a graduate of American University and The George Washington University.

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