Montgomery County Police say a suspected bank robber was shot and killed by a police officer in Silver Spring today.
The incident began about 10:48 a.m. when a 9-1-1 caller reported a robbery in progress at the BB&T Bank located at 1100 Wayne Avenue. The caller stated that the suspect was armed with a gun and claimed to have a bomb. The caller was able to provide a description of the suspect.
An officer located the suspect in a parking garage behind the bank building as the suspect was allegedly attempting to flee. During the confrontation, the suspect was shot by the police officer. Officers attempted life-saving measures at the scene but the suspect died at a local hospital later.
The Montgomery County Fire and Explosive Investigative Unit determined that the device found in the backpack worn by the suspect at the bank and during the encounter with the officer, did not have explosive capabilities but was made to appear as an explosive device. The suspect’s handgun was recovered on his person.
The preliminary investigation by detectives has determined that the suspect entered the bank and approached the manager in the manager’s office. The suspect demanded cash and stated that he had a bomb in his backpack. The suspect also lifted up his jacket and displayed a gun in his waistband. The suspect fled from the bank without obtaining any money and came into contact with the officer in the parking garage.
Detectives are currently reviewing all available video footage, including officers’ body-worn camera footage and all other evidence as part of the ongoing investigation.
It is anticipated that the identity of the suspect will be released tomorrow.
The identity of the officer, a two-and-a-half year veteran of the department, will be released tomorrow. Per protocol, he has been placed on paid, Administrative Leave.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070. Callers may remain anonymous.
-- News release from Montgomery County Police