Montgomery County Police Sgt. David Cohen fired the primary of at the least 5 pictures about one minute after he exited his patrol automobile and confronted Finan H. Berhe, 30, in a residential parking zone on Thursday afternoon.
“Put the knife down!” Cohen screamed as Berhe ran towards him after which stopped, momentarily backing away from the officer, who was pointing a gun at him.
“Get on the bottom! I don’t wish to shoot you!” Cohen shouted simply earlier than Berhe began operating on the officer once more.
Because the officer opened fireplace, Berhe collapsed and dropped an object he was holding.
“Man down!” a person shouted after the capturing stopped.
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Police stated investigators recovered a knife that Berhe was brandishing when Cohen shot him. Berhe died at a hospital, police stated. No officers had been injured.
Division spokesman Rick Goodale stated the officer is a white man. Berhe was black, in accordance with on-line court docket information.
Cohen was the primary officer to reply to a name a few man who threw a rock at a neighbor’s window and yelled for them to name police, in accordance with police Chief Marcus Jones and a police division information launch.
The officer carried out first assist on the person earlier than he was taken to the hospital, in accordance with Jones.
The chief stated there is also eyewitness video of the incident, however that wasn’t instantly launched.
Cohen, a 17-year veteran of the division, has been positioned on paid administrative depart, a normal process after a police capturing.
Police detectives’ findings will probably be submitted to the Howard County state’s lawyer’s workplace.
That workplace is also reviewing proof in one other current lethal capturing by Montgomery County police.
The police division has stated an officer shot and killed 21-year-old Duncan Socrates Lemp at his residence on March 12. The division has stated Lemp was armed with a rifle and ignored instructions to indicate his palms, however a lawyer for his household stated an eyewitness stated Lemp was asleep in his bed room when police opened fireplace from outdoors his home in Potomac, Maryland.
Whereas the division launched the bodycam video from Berhe’s capturing a day after the incident, it hasn’t launched any physique digital camera footage from Lemp’s capturing practically two months later. Household lawyer Rene Sandler stated the division hasn’t acknowledged whether or not any bodycam video of Lemp’s capturing exists.
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