On Jan. 23, 2023, approximately 12:34 a.m., officers from the Frederick Police Department responded to a report of a man firing shots inside his residence in the 2600 block of Monocacy Ford Road.
Additional information indicated that the man’s wife was still inside the residence, hiding in a closet. Upon arrival at the scene, officers established a perimeter and were able to see a man holding a gun through a window. A short time later, the man began firing his weapon again. Officers made immediate entry and one FPD officer discharged his weapon, striking the male. Officers immediately began rendering aid and EMS was called to the scene.
The male was transported to a local trauma center for treatment where his injuries were not considered life threatening at the time of this release. One officer sustained a minor hand injury while attempting to make entry into the residence and no bystanders were injured in this incident. The officer who discharged his weapon will be named at a later date and has been placed on administrative duties pending an investigation. This remains an open and active investigation. Maryland State Police will conduct the investigation into the officer's use of force in conjunction with FPD’s Professional Services Division.
All FPD officers are equipped with body cameras and that evidence will be turned over to MSP for the investigation.
Chief Of Police, Jason Lando has provided the following statement. “Any time one of our officers uses deadly force, or potentially deadly force, we must do everything possible to ensure a fair and transparent investigation into the incident. One common practice is for police departments involved in shootings to use an outside agency to handle the investigation. This is important both to maintain the public trust and also to support our officers when they do the right thing. To that end, we have asked the Maryland State Police to take the lead in the investigation into this morning’s shooting. The Frederick Police Department will fully cooperate with that investigation. I am consistently impressed with the way our officers conduct themselves in these tense, uncertain, and rapidly evolving situations. Due to the ongoing investigative nature of this specific incident, though, I also need to respect the process and allow the state police to do their job.”
Location: 2600 Block of Monocacy Ford Road
Incident: Firearm discharge/Officer-involved shooting
Author of Release: Samantha Long - Slong@frederickmdpolice.org
Point of Contact: Samantha Long