Maryland Prosecutors Ask Police to Withhold Video of Silver Spring Shooting

Maryland state's attorney's officials have asked police to not release video footage that police say shows a man knock an officer down and stand over him as the officer fatally shoots him. 

Howard County Deputy State's Attorney Mary Murphy and officials investigating the shooting met with the Montgomery County Police Department Monday, WTOP-FM reports. A department release says they asked the police to not yet publicly release body camera footage because it could hurt their investigation. 

The man killed in the June 11 shooting has been identified as 41-year-old Robert Lawrence White, a black man from Silver Spring. The officer has been identified as Anand Badgujar. Police Chief J. Thomas Manger has said White became "combative" when confronted by Badgujar. 

White began to walk away and Badgujar headed to turn off his car. Police say White then charged at Badgujar, knocking him over. As Badgujar fell, he fired his weapon and White fell to the ground.

Badgujar remained on the ground as White stood up and continued the assault, police say. Badgujar then fired more shots, and White collapsed to the ground, according to police. He was then secured, police say.

"It all started with loud arguing," said Nate Kapler, college student who lives nearby. "Then you just heard a lot of gunshots."

A young woman who lives nearby said she heard five or six shots. Another resident also said he heard the gunfire. 

"I heard screams and shots — six or seven shots," he said. 

White was taken to a hospital, where he died.

Badgujar was not hurt. He was placed on paid administrative leave, police said.

Badgujar is a two-year veteran of the force and was assigned to the 3rd District.

The release also says White's autopsy findings are not yet complete.

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