Police seek suspect who bombed police vehicle

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(PHOTO: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives)

THURMONT, MD – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and the Thurmont Police Department are seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspect who bombed a police vehicle. They are also offering a reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the individual responsible.

The incident occurred on Wednesday around 12:30 a.m., officials say. An explosive device was placed and detonated on the hood of a marked Thurmont Police Department vehicle parked outside of an officer’s residence. The explosion caused significant damage to the front end and windshield of the vehicle. The blast also sent fragments into the victim’s occupied residence. Police report, though, that there were no injuries in the explosion.

The investigation into the explosion is currently ongoing, and it is being led by the Thurmont Police Department, with assistance from the ATF, FBI, Maryland State Police, Frederick City Police Department, Frederick County Fire Marshal’s Office, and the Frederick County Sheriff’s office.

ATF announced that the reward is part of its commitment to supporting state and local law enforcement. “Anytime a law enforcement officer is attacked in this manner, ATF will focus all of its investigative efforts and expertise to make sure that the person or persons involved are brought to justice,” said Daniel L. Board Jr., Special Agent in Charge for the ATF Baltimore Field Division. “The ATF, along with the Thurmont Police Department and our other law enforcement partners, are committed to ensuring that our communities are safe and that those who threaten or attempt to kill police officers are held accountable for their dangerous and violent actions.”

Anyone with information about this incident is being asked to contact ATF’s tip line at 1-888-ATF-TIPS (888-283-8477). All calls will be kept confidential.