Silver Spring, MD – Montgomery County police are investigating what exactly happened to a police officer who was fatally shot atop a Silver Spring parking garage on Monday morning.
Acting Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones told reporters at a press conference in front of police headquarters on Monday afternoon that investigators were exploring what happened leading up to the death of 38-year-old Officer Thomas “T.J.” Bomba.
“We will do everything in our power to ascertain what transpired this morning,” Chief Jones said.
Police said that officer was on “a routine patrol” when he called out with disorderly subjects from the top of a parking garage at Fenton Street and Ellsworth Drive at about 8:49 a.m., WRC reported.
There were no additional radio transmissions from Officer Bomba after that point, police said.
Chief Jones said that responding officers arrived on the top of the parking garage less than four minutes after backup was requested and found Officer Bomba suffering from a gunshot wound.
The wounded officer was transported via ambulance to Washington Hospital Center.
The chief said Officer Bomba succumbed to his wounds at the hospital.
Police said from early on that they had no description of any suspects, nor were any of the schools or businesses in the area asked to go on lockdown.
At least three schools implemented “shelter-in-place” policies but parents were allowed to pick up their children if they preferred.
“We do not believe at this time there is an immediate threat to public safety,” the chief told reporters, echoing information that had been shared with the media hours earlier without offering alternative information about how the threat had been resolved.
Chief Jones said that Officer Bomba’s death was still being investigated as a homicide but that they were exploring other possibilities as well.
He said investigators were working to determine whether the officer had activated his bodycam before he was shot and what that footage might show.
The chief said they did not yet know if Officer Bomba had fired his own weapon and said investigators were waiting for autopsy results.
Authorities are asking anyone who might have encountered “disorderly individuals” or anyone who had contact with Officer Bomba Monday morning to contact police immediately.
Police maintained a perimeter around the parking garage and the immediate surrounding area throughout the day and into the evening hours, WRC reported.
Chief Jones said Officer Bomba was a 13-year veteran of the Montgomery County Police Department.
He is survived by his wife and two children.
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