Montgomery police officer fatally shoots man at Silver Spring bank

A Montgomery County police officer fatally shot a man at a bank in Silver Spring on Tuesday morning.

Donovan Bayton, 54, of Silver Spring was shot in the torso at the Capital One Bank at 8740 Arliss St. just before noon.

In a press release, the police department said that two officers entered the bank in response to a call about a trespasser. They found Bayton, who displayed a knife and was “acting erratically,” the press release said.

It said that Bayton “failed to respond to officers’ instructions” and “threatened the safety of the officers.”

One of the officers shot Bayton. He died at a hospital.

Two knives were found at the scene of the shooting. A police spokeswoman said that the officers and witnesses are being interviewed so that police can establish what happened. Until that investigation is complete, she said, she cannot describe Bayton’s behavior in more detail.

Police initially identified the man who died as Donovan Dayton, not Bayton.

The two officers involved were placed on paid administrative leave while the department investigates the shooting. The department said it would release their names Wednesday.

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Julie Zauzmer is a local news reporter.
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