Man injured in police-involved shooting in Gaithersburg

June 24, 2013

A Montgomery County police officer shot and wounded a suspect in a domestic incident during a police pursuit Sunday night, authorities said.

Shortly after 10 p.m., police received a call from the Howard County police who said a man involved in a domestic incident there might be at a home in Gaithersburg, authorities said. Howard police said the man was thought to have been armed, and that he was possibly driving a Ford Explorer.

Howard authorities said the man is suspected of firing a shot through the front door of a home. They said they think he had a relationship, or a previous relationship, with someone who lived there.

Authorities said Montgomery officers went to the home in the 14000 block of Quince Orchard Road. About 11:30 p.m., they saw a man get into a Ford Explorer and drive away. Officers pulled over the vehicle at Quince Orchard and Darnestown roads, police said. As they approached the vehicle, police saw a shotgun inside it.

Police said there was an “exchange” between the man and the officers, but did not provide details. They said one officer fired his gun at the man.

Authorities said the man, who was struck in the arm and leg, drove away.

Officers pursued the man, who struck a vehicle that was waiting at a red light at Quince Orchard and Great Seneca Highway.

Police took the man into custody. He was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A shotgun was recovered from his vehicle, police said.

The woman who was driving the other vehicle involved in the crash was not injured, police said. No officers were injured during the incident.

Montgomery police did not immediately identify the officer who shot the man but said he is a 19-year veteran. He has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Police have not released the man’s name or any charges he might face. Police said the investigation is continuing.

Julie Zauzmer is a local news reporter.
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