RadioOnFire.com – A Montgomery County police officer died after suffering a gunshot wound Monday morning in Silver Spring.
Officer Thomas J. Bomba was shot shortly after calling for backup while dealing with a disorderly individual on the top floor of a garage at Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street.
“He called out on the radio that he had encountered disorderly subjects on the top level of the parking garage located on Ellsworth at Fenton Street in Silver Spring. When fellow officers arrived at the scene to assist, they found Officer Bomba suffering from a gunshot wound,” Acting Chief Marcus Jones said.
Bomba was taken to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where he died.
The only weapon found at the scene was Bomba’s service weapon and no possible attackers appear on surveillance footage from the garage, Bomba said. Bomba was wearing a body camera, but it is not yet clear if it was on and functioning.
Jones said it’s not yet known if Bomba fired his service weapon. He said police are investigating the death as a homicide. He said there is no evidence yet that would indicate the wound is self-inflicted. Jones said police believe there is no threat to the public.
“This is a very difficult job and this is one of those jobs where not everybody comes home when they go out in the morning, and it’s a tough loss for everybody,” County Executive Marc Elrich said.
Bomba, 38, was a 13-year veteran patrol officer assigned to the 3rd District. Jones described him as a “very dedicated officer.”
“Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers in the days to come,” Jones said.
Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area of the garage or who had contact with Bomba on Monday morning is asked to call police at 301-279-8000.