Montgomery Co. police officer fatally shot in downtown Silver Spring

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. (AP/Jose Luis Magana)
Montgomery County police officers in tactical gear exit a parking garage where a police officer was shot, in downtown Silver Spring, Md., Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. (AP/Jose Luis Magana)
Montgomery police officers in tactical gear exit a parking garage where a police officer was shot, in downtown Silver Spring, Md., Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. (AP/Jose Luis Magana)
A parking garage is seen where a police officer was shot, in downtown Silver Spring, Md., Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. (AP/Jose Luis Magana)
Montgomery police officers in tactical gear exit a parking garage where a police officer was shot, in downtown Silver Spring, Md., Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. (AP/Jose Luis Magana)
A heavy police presence was on the scene of Monday morning’s shooting. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
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A heavy police presence was on the scene of Monday morning’s shooting. (NBC Washington)
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Aerial footage near the shooting site in downtown Silver Spring showed officers searching a parking garage. (NBC Washington)
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Aerial footage near the shooting site in downtown Silver Spring showed officers searching a parking garage. (NBC Washington)
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A Montgomery County police officer has died hours after he was found with a gunshot wound atop a Silver Spring, Maryland, parking garage Monday morning.

Officer Thomas J. Bomba’s death at MedStar Washington Hospital Center was announced by interim police Chief Marcus Jones during a brief news conference Monday afternoon.

Bomba’s death is being treated as a homicide, Jones said, and police were “looking at all options in regards to this investigation.”

The 38-year-old officer was wounded just before 8:50 a.m. Monday while on patrol, near the intersection of Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street in Silver Spring’s downtown shopping and entertainment area. Bomba had called out on his radio about “disorderly subjects” in the parking garage, police spokesman Tom Jordan said. Officers who arrived to assist found him wounded.

But Jones said that police did not have any suspect descriptions, and that there was no immediate threat to public safety.

“To say it’s an all hands on deck — that’s an understatement,” Jordan said earlier. Aerial footage from those initial hours after the shooting showed tactical officers searching the garage.

“We continue to investigate this event and will do everything in our power to ascertain what transpired this morning,” Jones said. Bomba was wearing a body camera, Jones added, but it’s unclear if the device was activated or correctly functioning.

“This is a very difficult job, and this is one of those jobs where not everybody comes home when they go out in the morning,” Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich said during Monday afternoon’s news conference. “It’s a tough loss for everybody.”

Bomba, a father of two, was a 13-year veteran of the department.

Ellsworth Drive between Fenton and Cedar streets remained closed due to the ongoing investigation.

Police ask that anyone who witnessed “disorderly behavior” in the area of the shooting — and anyone who had contact with Bomba around then — to call investigators at (301) 279-8000.

WTOP’s Neal Augenstein contributed to this report from Silver Spring, Maryland. The Associated Press also contributed to this report. 

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