Man shot by police in Gaithersburg -- Gazette.Net


This story was updated at 3:23 p.m., June 25, 2013.

A man shot by a Montgomery County Police officer Sunday night in Gaithersburg remains in the hospital Tuesday.

The man was shot near the intersection of Quince Orchard and Darnestown roads at around 11:30 p.m.

At 10:08 p.m. Sunday, Montgomery County police learned from Howard County police that an armed man suspected to have been involved in a domestic violence incident in Howard County might be in a house on Quince Orchard Road, said Montgomery County Police Officer Rebecca Innocenti. Howard County Police said he drove a Ford Explorer, she said.

Sherry Llewellyn, a spokeswoman for Howard County Police, said officers there had been dispatched around 7:45 p.m. for a domestic dispute at a home on Phelps Luck Drive in Columbia.

“By the time they arrived, he was gone,” she said.

Investigators learned that he reportedly had fired a gun through the front door of a house, she said.

Montgomery County Police traveled to the house where he was thought to be in Gaithersburg and witnessed a man leaving the house in a Ford Explorer. They stopped the SUV at Darnestown and Quince Orchard roads at 11:29 p.m., and in the stop, one officer saw a shotgun when he approached the vehicle, Innocenti said.

Montgomery County Police Officer David Delacruz fired his gun, striking the man inside the Explorer in the arm and leg, Innocenti said. Police have not yet released how many times Delacruz fired his weapon.

“What transpired during the traffic stop is still under investigation,” Innocenti said,

The man then fled, driving his SUV toward Quince Orchard Road, Innocenti said, and crashed into another car, which was waiting at a stoplight at Quince Orchard Road and Great Seneca Highway. The driver of the car he crashed into, a woman, was not injured, she said. The suspect was taken to a local hospital.

Police have not released the name of the man who was shot. Charges will be filed when the man is released from the hospital, said police spokeswoman Angela Cruz. Delacruz, a 19-year veteran of the department, has been placed on paid, administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, Innocenti said.