One or more plainclothes officers opened fire on an armed suspect in the city of Gaithersburg, Maryland, on Friday afternoon and the man died at the scene, police said.
Gaithersburg Police Chief Mark Sroka told a news conference that the shooting occurred shortly after 5:50 p.m. in that suburban community, news outlet Fox5 DC reported.
The police chief told reporters that a street crimes unit of plainclothes officers had been monitoring the man because they believed he was armed with a pistol. He said officers approached the man, identified themselves as police officers and the suspect fled via Maryland’s Route 355, a six-lane artery.
The chief said the shooting occurred in a grassy sidewalk near an apartment.
“The suspect displayed a handgun and at least one or more Gaithersburg officers unloaded their department-issued firearms,” Sroka said, adding that a handgun was found at the scene.
He said no officer was injured in the shooting and that the man was pronounced dead at the scene. The man was not immediately identified and Sroka said he had no initial details on why officers knew he was armed.
Sroka said the officers would be placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.
Gaithersburg is a city in Montgomery County, a Maryland suburb of the nation’s capital, and about 22 miles (35 kilometers) from downtown Washington, DC