GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA) -- A tip on a suspect wanted in Howard County led to a wild night for officers in neighboring Montgomery County.
According to Officer Rebecca Innocenti, spokeswoman for the Montgomery County Police Department, a tip on a domestic violence suspect came from Howard County officials around 10:00 Sunday night. Police were advised the suspect was likely in the 14000 block of Quince Orchard Road, may have a firearm and may be driving a Ford Explorer.
Once officers arrived in the area, they observed a man getting into an SUV matching the description, and attempted a traffic stop. When the officers approached the vehicle at the intersection of Quince Orchard Road and Darnestown Road, they noticed a shotgun inside. That's when some kind of altercation transpired, causing a male MCP officer to fire his weapon, striking the suspect in the arm and leg. Officer Innocenti says the injured suspect immediately took off heading northbound on Quince Orchard Road, but crashed into a vehicle stopped at a red light approximately a mile up the road at the intersection Great Seneca Highway.
According to Officer Innocenti, the suspect was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the bystander vehicle that was struck was uninjured. No officer was injured in the incident.
Police say a shotgun was recovered from the Ford Explorer.
The intersection of Quince Orchard Road and Great Seneca Highway was shut down for several hours, but reopened around 5:20 a.m.
The officer, a 19-year veteran of the department, was placed on paid, administrative leave, say officials.
The investigation is ongoing.