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Posted at 8:15 PM ET, 02/24/2011

MoCo officer who shot man is identified

By Clarence Williams

Montgomery County police have released the name of an officer who shot and wounded a man in the leg during a traffic stop early Wednesday.

Officials said Dana Dabbondanza, a four-year police veteran, was off-duty at the time, but she responded to assist a Maryland-National Capital Park Police officer with a traffic stop about 1:30 a.m. The park police officer had pulled over a Toyota Corolla for an alleged traffic violation.

Dabbondanza fired her service weapon multiple times after a passenger left the vehicle, and reportedly reached for his waistband. Police said Dabbondanza gave the man commands before she fired, striking him in the leg. The man was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life threatening.

Authorities said they later recovered packages of marijuana in the man's waistband.

By Clarence Williams  | February 24, 2011; 8:15 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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Guy got himself shot. These traffic stops are dangerous. There's so many unkonwns to the officers. Act stupid with the police and this is what might happen.

Posted by: blank08 | February 25, 2011 10:44 AM | Report abuse

"Dana Dabbondanza"

D'abbondanza means "of abundance" in Italian, right? An abundance of "caution," I presume.

Posted by: FedUpInMoCo | February 25, 2011 5:29 PM | Report abuse

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