The man that police said threatened his estranged girlfriend and three-year-old son died last week after a Montgomery County Police officer shot him in a Silver Spring home.
According to police, John Carlos Natera-Perez, also known as “Jean Perez,” threatened his estranged girlfriend with a knife and barricaded himself inside a Silver Spring home, before police entered and shot him. Paramedics transported Natera-Perez to a nearby trauma center, where he was in critical condition until his death hours later. Police say Natera-Perez was approximately 30 years old.
According to Montgomery County Police, officers responded to a 911 call from 2800 block of Mozart Drive in Silver Spring, where a woman was screaming over the phone, and a man in the background could be heard saying “I will kill you,” before the call was disconnected.
Police arrived at the scene at about 7:57 p.m. on Monday, with Natera-Perez, his estranged girlfriend, their three-year-old son and the woman’s current boyfriend, who police did not identify, inside the residence.
While Natera-Perez’s estranged girlfriend and her boyfriend fled the home, Natera-Perez remained inside the Silver Spring home with his son when police arrived.
According to police, Natera-Perez barricaded himself inside the home, using furniture to block the doors and windows to the home. At about 8:08 p.m., police called in the Emergency Response Team, to the scene, as officers attempted to negotiate with Natera-Perez in both Spanish and English for more than an hour.
Then Natera-Perez started to light clothes on fire and throw them out of the second-story window from the room where they believed the boy was. In addition, police said they could hear the screams of the child, along with the sounds of smoke alarms going off, causing the tactical team to enter the home in order to protect the welfare of the child.
After police entered the home, an officer shot Natera-Perez, and found a knife with blood on it. The child was unharmed according to police.
Police have identified Edward Cochran as the officer who shot Natera-Perez. Cochran is an eight-year veteran of Montgomery County Police and has been placed on administrative leave, per the usual protocol, as investigation of the shooting takes place