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Posted at 6:12 AM ET, 02/23/2011

Person shot by MoCo officer

By Debbi Wilgoren

An off-duty Montgomery County police officer shot and wounded a passenger in a car early Wednesday after Maryland Park Police pulled the car over for not having its tags properly displayed.

Local news stations reported that the confrontation began about 1:40 a.m. Wednesday near Redland Middle School in Rockville. A Park Police officer stopped the vehicle because of the problem with its license plate. The officer smelled marijuana smoke in the car, and called for backup, a police spokesman told WRC-TV (Channel 4).

An off-duty Montgomery County police officer arrived, and saw one of the passengers of the vehicle getting out of the car. He didn't obey her commands, Montgomery County police spokesman Capt. Paul Starks told Channel 4, and the officer thought he was reaching for his waistband. The officer opened fire, striking the person once in the leg, reported.

Starks said police recovered drugs from the vehicle and took the other three occupants into custody.

No additional information was immediately available.

By Debbi Wilgoren  | February 23, 2011; 6:12 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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the oficer thought he was reaching for his waist band? does that mean may be he was not?

welcome to the wild west of Moco - 2 shootings in 1 week.

I commend the officer for shooting him in the leg - proving that the killing last week was avoidable - either that or she was a really bad shot

Posted by: barney5 | February 23, 2011 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Hey genius next time when a officer says stay in the car at 1:40am stay in the car.

Posted by: khornbeak | February 23, 2011 2:29 PM | Report abuse

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