Maryland Police Officer Dies After Being Shot in Parking Garage

Montgomery police officers in tactical gear exit a parking garage where a police officer was shot, in downtown Silver Spring, Md., Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. (Photo: Jose Luis Magana, AP)

A police officer died Monday after he was found with a gunshot wound in a parking garage that was part of his regular patrol.

Acting Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones said the death of officer Thomas Bomba, 38, is being treated as a homicide. Jones said there was no immediate threat to public safety.

Bomba reported Monday morning that he encountered “disorderly subjects” at a parking garage. Jones said that when fellow officers arrived, they found Bomba suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to a hospital, where he died.

Jones said that although the case is being investigated as a homicide, officials have not ruled out other possibilities.

“We continue to investigate this event and will do everything in our power to ascertain what transpired this morning,” he said.

Jones said police had no suspects or suspect descriptions. Bomba is survived by a wife and two children. He had been on the force for 13 years.

SOURCE: The Associated Press, Michael Kunzelman