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Wed Oct 16, 2019, 09:07 AM

Montgomery County police officer died of self-inflicted wound, police say

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Montgomery County police officer died of self-inflicted wound, police say

By Paul Duggan and Martin Weil
Oct. 15, 2019 at 7:45 p.m. EDT

A Montgomery County police officer who was found shot in a Silver Spring parking garage died of a self-inflicted wound, police said Tuesday.

The ruling on the manner of Officer Thomas J. Bomba’s death was made by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of the District of Columbia, Montgomery police said in a news release. The officer died Monday at a hospital in the District.

In announcing the finding, police said they are still evaluating evidence as part of their investigation. A police spokesman said earlier Tuesday that the investigation involves “many” aspects, including a search for any witnesses and a review of any video from surveillance cameras and Bomba’s body-worn camera.

In the news release, police said Bomba’s body-worn camera had not been activated.

Paul Duggan has been a staff writer for The Washington Post since 1987. He specializes in crime and justice issues but also has written extensively about housing problems in Washington, particularly the impact of gentrification. He is a former general assignment reporter, assignment editor and national correspondent for The Post. Follow https://twitter.com/dugganwapo

Martin Weil is a longtime reporter at The Washington Post. Follow https://twitter.com/martyweilwapost

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