GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WDVM) — A man was shot and killed by Gaithersburg City Police on Friday evening, according to Montgomery County officials.
Police report around 5:53pm, four plain-clothes officers approached a man they had under surveillance and believed to be armed.
The man allegedly fled towards the Chelsea Park Apartments on south Frederick Avenue when he turned around and displayed a handgun.
The officers then drew their weapons and shot him.
The Gaithersburg Police Chief Mark Sroka says this is the first time a Gaithersburg city police officer has shot and killed anyone during his 11 years at the department.
“We’ve taken an oath to serve and protect, and we understand the sanctity of life,” Skroa said. “We never want to take an individual’s life, but what I know at this point is the individual was armed, he did run from the police and he did display a handgun at the officers.”
The man has been identified as Kwamena Ocran, 24, of an unconfirmed address.
Chief Skroa says the officers involved will undergo interviews from detectives and be placed on administrative leave.
The officers involved in the shooting have been identified as Sergeant Willie Delgado, Corporal Larbi Dakkouni, Officer James Doyle and Officer Kyle Khuen.
The officers work in the Street Crimes Unit assigned to the Special Operations Bureau.
Montgomery County Police will also be taking over the investigation.
The findings of the investigation will be submitted to the Howard County’s State’s Attorney’s Office for review.
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