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Attempted Cop Killer Released By Mistake, Officials Demand Investigation

Rockville, MD – One of three teens charged with the attempted murder of a Montgomery County police officer was accidentally released from jail on Thursday.

The incident occurred after three suspects were arrested for shooting at a police vehicle that was chasing them on the morning of June 20, WTOP reported.

Officers spotted the suspects in a stolen SUV leaving the scene of a burglary on Johnson Avenue in Bethesda.

When police began following the suspect vehicle, the driver slammed on the brakes causing the officer driving to swerve around the SUV to avoid hitting it, WTOP reported.

That was when the teens in the suspect vehicle opened fire on the officers in the police car and fire three shots.

Then the SUV passed the police cruiser and fired one more shot at it before it fled, WTOP reported.

None of the officers were shot, but a bullet was found lodged in the passenger headrest of the police vehicle.

The SUV crashed shortly thereafter near the Wisconsin Avenue ramp to the Beltway, WTOP reported.

Two of the suspects were arrested on the spot and the third fled into nearby woods.

A Prince George’s County Police Department helicopter assisted with the search and the teen was apprehended about an hour later, WTOP reported.

Montgomery County police said they have connected the three juvenile suspects to other burglaries that recently occurred in the county.

The vehicle they were driving when they shot at officers was stolen from Arlington County, Virginia, WTOP reported.

Police transported the teens to the county jail for processing.

One of the teens was arraigned on Thursday afternoon and ordered held without bond.

Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones held a press conference to announce the charges against the teens and to congratulate his officers for the arrests, WTOP reported.

About 30 minutes later, the good news turned bad when somebody screwed up and released the suspect from the Montgomery County Detention Center.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office issued an arrest warrant for the teen at about 11:43 p.m. on Thursday night and he was taken into custody at about 1 a.m. at a residence in Washington, DC, WTOP reported.

He was arrested, again, and booked into the DC jail.

“I’m upset that a mistake could have led to the release of this individual,” Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich said in a statement. “I will get a full report following the investigation of this incident in order to learn how it happened and prevent it from ever happening again.”

“We are fortunate that the Sheriff’s Office in partnership with the U.S. Marshalls [sic] and Montgomery County Police Department were able to quickly re-apprehend this individual. They did a great job of keeping us safe,” Elrich added.

The names of the teens arrested for shooting at the police officers have not been released because they are juveniles, WTOP reported.

However, all three suspects have been charged as adults with attempted murder, first-degree assault, and first-degree burglary.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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