Montgomery County detectives are investigating after an officer fatally shot a man while responding to a reported theft in a Montgomery Village neighborhood on Monday night, according to a news release.
In a press release issued Tuesday, County police stated that Officer Matthew McGowan arrived at 10022 Stedwick Road in Montgomery Village at 10:55 p.m. to speak with Richard Alexander Tilley, 28, about a reported bike theft earlier that day.
According to police, a departmental body camera worn by McGowan shows that after preliminary investigation and writing a theft report, the officer was about to provide the report number when Tilley suddenly and without provocation produced a knife and lunged at McGowan with it, who fell to the ground while defending himself from the attack; as Tilley continued his assault, McGowan drew his sidearm, shooting multiple rounds and striking Tilley. Officer McGowan immediately called for assistance stating that shots had been fired and that Fire and Rescue personnel were needed.
Capt. Paul Starks, a Montgomery County Police spokesperson, said the officer requested backup as well as Fire and Rescue personnel around 11:15 p.m. because he had fired shots while he was investigating a report of theft.
The first responders arrived at the scene and found Tilley, who was suffering from gunshot wounds. Fire and Rescue personnel took the injured man to a hospital, where he later died, Starks said.
Starks said police have placed McGowan, a five-year veteran of the department, on paid administrative leave while the case is being investigated.