Montgomery County Police

Montgomery Co. Detectives Involved in Fatal Shooting of Fugitive in Virginia Beach

U.S. marshals and Montgomery County police were trying to make an arrest in a cold case, police said

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A suspect who officers were trying to arrest in Virginia Beach was shot and killed by an officer early Wednesday and Montgomery County, Maryland, detectives were involved, police said.

An officer killed the man as U.S. marshals and "out-of-state officers" tried to "make an arrest for a fugitive," Virginia Beach police said in a statement.

The man was suspected in a cold case homicide in Montgomery County, police said.

"During the course of the investigation, a confrontation with the suspect ensued, resulting in the detectives using deadly force," police said in a statement.

The shooting victim, who was not immediately identified, was shot before 7 a.m. in the 900 block of Maitland Drive. The location is in a neighborhood that's a short walk to the Atlantic Ocean and one of many military installations in the area.

The man died of his injuries at the scene. No law enforcement officials were hurt.

Information was not immediately released on who fired the fatal shot or in which case the officers were trying to make an arrest.

The Montgomery County detectives will be placed on administrative leave, per standard procedure. Virginia Beach police will investigate.

“We’re diligent with our investigations, and that may span decades, but that’s why we have a cold case unit … that’s why we don’t give up,” a Montgomery County police officer said. “I like to say we’re pit bulls and we’re just not letting go. We are going to follow this thing all the way through, and that’s what we do.”

Virginia Beach officers were not involved, the department said.

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