A criminal suspect shot by a Montgomery County police officer Saturday was identified by authorities as a 32-year-old Silver Spring man. He was hospitalized in stable condition with three bullet wounds Sunday.
Police said Carlos E. McDonald suffered arm, leg and hip wounds in the shooting, shortly before noon at the Northgate Plaza shopping center in Aspen Hill. Officer Donald Hayes, who joined the force three years ago, fired the shots as McDonald was moving toward him wielding a jagged piece of a broken glass jug, police said.
They said the female manager of the Jewelry Corner store in the plaza, in the 14300 block of Georgia Avenue, called police after McDonald entered the store, shoved the woman out of the way and entered a back room where she kept her purse.
Moments later, outside the store, McDonald “advanced in a threatening manner” toward Hayes while “holding a large, thick-glass jug,” police said in a statement. After McDonald refused an order to halt, Hayes used a taser, but the electric jolt “did not stop the suspect, who was wearing several layers of clothing,” police said.
McDonald dropped the jug, which broke, police said. They said he then picked up a jagged piece of the handle and kept moving toward Hayes. Police said they have obtained an arrest warrant charging McDonald with first- and second-degree assault. Hayes has been placed on routine leave with pay pending an investigation.