Off-Duty Officer Shoots Suspect In Derwood

6:40 AM, Feb 23, 2011   |    comments
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DERWOOD, Md. (WUSA) -- Montgomery County Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Derwood this morning.


Captain Paul Starks, spokesman for the Montgomery County Police Department, says a Maryland National Capital Park Police officer came upon a vehicle that did not have clearly displayed tags on Muncaster Mill Road at Olde Mill Run around 1:30 Wednesday morning. The officer initiated a traffic stop near Redland Middle School. According to Starks, the Park Police officer called for assistance when he saw there were four subjects in the car and detected a strong smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle. That's when one of the suspects sitting in the back seat bailed out of the car and fled the scene.

Starks says a K-9 unit responded and started a track on the suspect who ran off while the Park Police officer kept an eye on the remaining suspects. A Montgomery County Police officer in the area also stopped to assist the Park Police officer. As the Park Police officer removed the driver from the vehicle, the Montgomery County officer directed her attention to the other occupants. That's when another passenger in the rear seat got out of the vehicle. Starks says he ignored the officer's commands to stop, and reached for his waistband. The officer fired her weapon multiple times, striking the suspect at least once in the lower body.

Starks says the injured suspect has been transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police found a quantity of marijuana in the waistband of the suspect who was shot. Starks says the drugs were found in multiple packages, which could indicate a possible intent to distribute.The first suspect who fled the scene was taken into custody by the K-9 officer close to the ICC, which opened early this morning. Park Police arrested the remaining suspects on drug charges, Starks said. No weapons were found at the scene.

According to Starks, the officer who shot the suspect is a four-year veteran of the department. She will be placed on paid administrative leave while the incident is under investigation.

Maryland-National Capital Park Police say the driver and two others were charged after the incident. 

Branden Bennette, 22, of Gaithersburg, was charged with Failure to Attach plates at Front and Rear; Driving without a license; Driving while license suspended.

Tyrel Bennette,18, of Severn, was charged with possession of CDS-Marijuana.

Earl Bennette, 20, of Gaithersburg, was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute CDS-Marijuana, Possession of CDS-Marijuana, Possession of CDS Paraphernalia.

A fourth person was questioned but later released by police.



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