A police officer in Maryland died Monday morning after he was shot dead in a parking garage just outside the capital.
The Montgomery County Police Department said the incident had happened just before 9am in downtown Silver Spring. North of Washington, DC, after the official had examined the report of a "disordered subject."
Other officials who had arrived to provide assistance found the top floor officer of the garage wounded. He was taken to a hospital where he later died, said Marcus Jones, the acting police chief of Montgomery County, at a press conference.
Jones identified the official as Thomas J. Bomba, 38, a 13-year-old veteran of the department "Officer Bomba was a very dedicated officer who worked in downtown Silver Spring," Jones said. "We've usually been alerted to many different types of downtown crime, and Officer Bomba has always been an active patrol and has cleared away many of the concerns that have arisen in downtown Silver Spring."
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The incident unleashed a massive police reaction in Silver Spring. Aerial photos showed dozens of police vehicles in the parking garage where the shots were fired.
Tactical teams and officers were also seen sweeping different levels of the garage. According to Jones, no suspects were arrested and there were no descriptions of possible suspects.
At a previous media briefing, Montgomery County police captain Thomas Jordan said "describing this as an operation where all parties are on deck" is an understatement.
Jones said the case is being investigated as a homicide, but there is no evidence of a "continuing" public safety threat.
He said Bomba was wearing a body camera at the time of the investigation but was shooting Not sure if it had been activated, the officer's gun appeared at the scene, but it was not clear whether he returned the fire, Jones told reporters.
Investigators worked with surveillance cameras nearby to determine if The shots were recorded, Jones said.
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Some roads in the area were closed to traffic and students from several schools had shelter on Monday, Fox reported 5.
Bomba left behind a wife and two children.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.