Unarmed man shot multiple times; killed by Montgomery Co. Police Officer
UPDATE: The Montgomery County Police Officer involved in yesterday’s shooting has been identified as Anand Badgujar, a two year veteran assigned to the 3rd District Patrol Division.
SILVER SPRING, Md. – Monday, Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger said during a news briefing that an unarmed African American man was shot dead by one of his officers following a confrontation, just after 2:00pm.
“The only thing I could hear was the six shots go off, and our entire neighborhood heard it. Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Right in a row.”, said Ella Robinson who lives in the neighborhood where the shooting took place.
She along with other neighbors recounted the deadly turn of events which neighbors said happened after a heated exchange of words between the victim and the officer in the 9200 block of Three Oaks Drive.
“They kind of get to the end of our neighborhood and then he stops and he says, ‘Stop following me.’, at the cop. And the cop is just kind of like ‘Please relax’. And the man is yelling, ‘Stop following me! Stop following me! Just arrest me or stop following me! Leave me alone!”, explained Robinson.
It was at this point that accounts from neighbors say the police officer pulled out his gun and asked the man to stop advancing and asking the man not to make him shoot.
During a news conference, Chief Manger said, “The officer attempted to speak with the man and the man became combative and a physical altercation occurred. The man was shot by the officer multiple times and the subject is now deceased.”
Chief Manger said his officer was called to the area for an unrelated 911- disconnect call.
The officer’s body worn camera has since been submitted to the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office for review.
The victim in the shooting has not yet been identified.
Chief Manger said that the officer involved has two years on the force.
His name will be released Tuesday.