Maryland police officers shot and killed a man during a foot chase Friday.
“Our street crimes unit, which is comprised of plainclothes police officers, had an individual that was under surveillance that they believed to be armed with a handgun,” Gaithersburg Police Chief Mark Sroka said.
Sroka said when officers approached the man and identified themselves, he ran across all six lanes of Frederick Avenue and into a nearby apartment complex.
“Once they reached there, the Chelsea Park Apartments, in the grass, sidewalk area there, the suspect displayed a handgun, and at least one or more Gaithersburg police officers discharged their department-issued firearms,” Sroka said. "I have confirmed that the suspect was deceased and there was a handgun located at the scene."
The Montgomery County Police Department, which is handling investigation, identified the man as 24-year-old Kwamena Ocran.
The officers involved in the shooting have been identified as Sergeant Willie Delgado, a 17-year veteran of the department, Corporal Larbi Dakkouni, an 8-year veteran of the department, and Officers James Doyle and Kyle Khuen, both 5-year veterans of the department.
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"As is protocol, all four officers have been placed on paid administrative leave," Gaithersburg Police said in a release.
Correction (Jan. 9, 2021, 8:27 a.m.): This article has been updated to reflect the shooting occurred on Frederick Avenue, not Frederick Road.