In a statement earlier today, Montgomery County Police identified Anand Badgujar as the police officer that shot and killed an unarmed African-American man Monday afternoon in Silver Spring.
Badgujar is a two-year veteran of Montgomery County Police and currently assigned to the patrol division for the 3rd district. He has been placed on paid administrative leave during this investigation, as is standard protocol.
Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger said after the shooting that Badgujar had just finished responding to what was possibly a 911 call when he encountered an African-American man, later identified as 41-year-old Robert Lawrence White, in the 9200 block of Three Oaks Drive, and attempted to speak to him. According to Manger, the man then became “combative and a physical altercation occurred.”
According to police, Badgujar’s body camera footage and the body camera footage of the second officer who arrived to assist Badgujar have been reviewed by Manger and investigative personnel. Police said that the camera footage, as well as a statement from an eyewitness at the scene, reveals the following:
- As Badgujar attempted to speak with the man, White became combative and assaulted Badgujar.
- Badgujar attempted to pepper-spray White.
- During the next minute, Badgujar requested assistance and kept White in his sight.
- White next charged Badgujar, who backpedaled, and White knocked him down as Badgujar fired his weapon.
- White fell, got up, and continued to assault Badgujar who was still on the ground and fired additional rounds.
- White fell and was secured. Additional responding officers provided medical assistance to White until Montgomery County Fire and Rescue personnel arrived.
Per an established agreement between the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office, once detectives from the Major Crimes division complete this investigation, their findings will be reviewed by the Howard County office to determine whether Badgujar acted within the law and if the circumstances of the case need to be brought before a grand jury.
This remains an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information regarding this shooting is asked to contact Major Crimes at 240-773-5070.
Neal Earley contributed to this story.