A Silver Spring man faces assault charges and is being held for a mental evaluation after allegedly threatening a Montgomery County police officer with a broken bottle Saturday. The officer fired three shots and remains is on routine paid administrative leave after the incident, Montgomery County Police said.

The suspect, Carlos Enrico McDonald, 32, of the 14300 block of Georgia Avenue, faces first-degree assault charges for his reported action against Officer Donald Hayes and second-degree assault for allegedly menacing the manage r of the Jewelry Corner store in the Northgate Plaza shopping center on Georgia Avenue.

McDonald confronted Hayes in a rear parking lot of the plaza where McDonald wielded a heavy glass jug and was tasered by the officer, dropping the bottle, police said.

McDonald, who was wearing several layers of clothing, was not stopped by the taser and picked up the broken bottle and continued to approach Hayes who shot three times. Hayes has been a county officer for 3 1/2 years, police said.

McDonald is being held without bond in the county detention center. He faces another bond hearing April 7.

Mary Pat Flaherty works on investigative and long-range stories. Her work has won numerous national awards, including the Pulitzer Prize.

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